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Caesar by Colleen McCullough
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McCullough devotes a book in her series on one of the great men of all history, Julius Caesar, and those main players in the his rise to ruler/dictator/king/Greatest Man of Rome - Pompey Magnus, Cato, Cicero and Labienus, etc.
Do you need some dedication to get through this book. It does drift off occasionally to lecture on an aspect of history. However, one can only admire the natural charisma and energy of Caesar.
If I have one quibble it's the poor quality of the maps in this (and other books in the series). It's a pity that the publisher did not employ a cartographer to redraw these. ( )
  robeik | Dec 22, 2018 |
Although I read this out of order with the series, it was easily accessible if one knows a bit about the history surrounding the Roman civilization. Overall, a satisfying read, but nothing too out of the ordinary. I would not pick up the other books in the series based on this one. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Dec 17, 2018 |
Caesar, the fifth book in McCullough's Masters of Rome series (be sure to begin with The First Man in Rome), covers the time period from when Roman general Julius Caesar led the Gallic Wars through the culmination of his Civil War against Pompey's faction. I cannot recommend this series highly enough; they are huge, highly readable even if you have no previous knowledge of ancient Rome, and full of savory detail. Colleen McCullough is genius at bringing to life the figures, culture and everyday goings-on in ancient Rome. My one regret is that I allowed 7 years to pass between reading books four and five, and so had to become newly reacquainted with many of the characters. I shall now wait only two months before commencing the sixth book, The October Horse. ( )
  ryner | Oct 24, 2017 |
This book follows Fortune's Favorites. In that book Sulla had tried to restore the ancient ways with rule by the Senate. It was not to be. Caesar is able to form a triumvirate of Pompey, Crassus, and himself to dominate Rome. Pompey and Crassus benefit from the arrangement but Caesar benefits most of all. After his consulate, he takes a pro-consul a command in Gaul where he becomes a war hero and makes his fortune. He is able to secure two five year pro-consul ships. His alliance with Pompey breaks down due to the death of Crassusisšoôook ( )
  jerry-book | Dec 23, 2015 |
Except for some of the exposition scenes that led up to battles, this was a good book. Almost as good as the Sulla one, but not quite because although Caesar was a brilliant military man and strategist, he was really kind of boring on the personal front. Good book, though. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 13, 2014 |
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It is 54 B.C. Gaius Julius Caesar is sweeping through Gaul, crushing the fierce, long-haired warrior-kings who stand in his way. His victories in the name of Rome are epic, but the leaders of the Republic are not pleased - they are terrified. Where will the boundless ambition of Rome's most brilliant soldier stop? He must be destroyed before he can overthrow the government and install himself as Dictator.

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Gaius Julius Caesar, betrayed by the Republic he has fought so valiantly to advance, turns his genius against Rome, but first must face his ally-turned-enemy Pompey.

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