Julius Caesar

Freeman, Philip (Book - 2009)
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More than two thousand years after his death, Julius Caesar remains one of the great figures of history. He shaped Rome for generations, and his name became a synonym for "emperor" -- not only in Rome but as far away as Germany and Russia. He is best known as the general who defeated the Gauls and doubled the size of Rome's territories. But, as Philip Freeman describes in this fascinating new biography, Caesar was also a brilliant orator, an accomplished writer, a skilled politician, and much more. Julius Caesar was a complex man, both hero and villain. He possessed great courage, ambition, honor, and vanity. Born into a noble family that had long been in decline, he advanced his career cunningly, beginning as a priest and eventually becoming Rome's leading general. He made alliances with his rivals and then discarded them when it suited him. He was a spokesman for the ordinary people of Rome, who rallied around him time and again, but he profited enormously from his conquests and lived opulently. Eventually he was murdered in one of the most famous assassinations in history. Caesar's contemporaries included some of Rome's most famous figures, from the generals Marius, Sulla, and Pompey to the orator and legislator Cicero as well as the young politicians Mark Antony and Octavius (later Caesar Augustus). Caesar's legendary romance with the Egyptian queen Cleopatra still fascinates us today. In this splendid biography, Freeman presents Caesar in all his dimensions and contradictions. With remarkable clarity and brevity, Freeman shows how Caesar dominated a newly powerful Rome and shaped its destiny. This book will captivate readers discovering Caesar and ancient Rome for the first time as well as those who have a deep interest in the classical world.
Authors: Freeman, Philip, 1961-
Title: Julius Caesar
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009, c2008
Edition: 1st Simon & trade pbk ed
Characteristics: 405 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface
Prologue : On the banks of the Rubicon
1. The early years
2. The path to power
3. Conspiracy
4. Consul
5. Gaul
6. The Belgae
7. Britain
8. Vercingetorix
9. Rubicon
10. Civil war
11. Pompey
12. Cleopatra
13. Africa
14. Triumph
15. The Ides of March
Epilogue : Caesar and Cato at Valley Forge
Source notes
ISBN: 0743289544
Branch Call Number: 921 Caesa
Statement of Responsibility: Philip Freeman
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 383-389) and index
Subject Headings: Rome History Republic, 265-30 B.C Generals Rome Biography Heads of state Rome Biography Caesar, Julius
Topical Term: Generals
Heads of state
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