Life of A Colossus

Book - 2006
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Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of the great Roman emperor's life, Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters during which he was high priest of an exotic cult, captive of pirates, seducer not only of Cleopatra but also of the wives of his two main political rivals, and rebel condemned by his own country. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some two thousand years later.

In the introduction to his biography of the great Roman emperor, Adrian Goldsworthy writes, "Caesar was at times many things, including a fugitive, prisoner, rising politician, army leader, legal advocate, rebel, dictator . . . as well as husband, father, lover and adulterer." In this landmark biography, Goldsworthy examines Caesar as military leader, all of these roles and places his subject firmly within the context of Roman society in the first century B.C.
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780300120486
Branch Call Number: 937.05 CAE GOL
Characteristics: viii, 583 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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jpmoran Oct 16, 2011

Very clear biography of Caesar by a prominent younger historian of ancient Rome. Does an excellent job of explaining the convoluted and highly personal politics of the late Roman Republic that revolved strongly around prominent individuals who were in fierce and ultimately violent and deadly competition with each other.

Goldsworthy writes well and, as a professional historian, is careful to identify what is firmly known from what is not and to identify the biases and relative credibility of the sources. He will give his opinions and even educated guesses on motivations for actions but is careful to identify such speculations for what they are. Even after nearly2100 years Caesar's career is amazing and fascinating.

Interesting, well written and certainly detail oriented....but tres dry! This is a great one to go to sleep by. All humor aside, this is well worth the read if you are a Ceasar fan.

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