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by Philip Freeman (Author)

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Julius Caesar by Philip Freeman

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    Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy (HarmlessTed)
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    Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (jrgoetziii)
    jrgoetziii: A more updated figure's biography, and Freeman actually misquotes from it. Many similar themes in their lives.
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I will assume Julius Caesar was a prolific man. Written at a time when books were a scarce luxury. Julius Caesar was a man who ruled an empire who else to learn from about Roman History.
  RockinRollinSTPH8N | Oct 11, 2011 |
This is a traditional biography of Julius Caesar, in that it follows almost exclusively the ancient literary sources. Philip Freeman has mastered these , interpreting and integrating them well. It makes for a straightforward account, somewhat biased on the side of Julius, and against the Roman aristocracy, his opponents. Cato of Utica and Pompey the Great are treated somewhat harshly, Cicero gets off easier. The writing is simple and transparent, moving along swiftly while explaining the ins and outs of Roman politics and ancient life, war, and ethnology, making no assumptions of prior knowledge on the part of the reader. Freeman presents a well-rounded portrait, good for getting a general understanding of the Roman revolutionary period and its central figure, but not the latest word in historical scholarship. ( )
2 vote anthonywillard | Jan 21, 2011 |
Freeman gives a masterful rendition of Caesar's life. From humble beginnings to the meteoric rise as an able leader, Caesar's fault is found in his own hubris -- something that would eventually, whether by design or serendipity, bring about his violent death.

The irony is that Shakespeare's immortal words, "Et tu, Brute?" were never uttered, but that Caesar's final words to Brutus were in Greek. It stands as a testament to the legend that Caesar has become rather than the flesh and blood man he was.

Julius Caesar: a great read! ( )
  Scaryguy | Oct 22, 2010 |
Nothing new in this but is very well written, moves along quickly and gives a good overview of people, places, and events. Well worth the read. ( )
1 vote mapconsultant | Jan 6, 2010 |
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In the early second century A.D., the Roman biographer Suetonius wrote his justly famous Lives of the Twelve Caesars – one of our best sources on Roman rulers from Julius Caesar and Augustus to Caligula, Claudius, and Domitian.
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"Elegant, learned and compulsively readable, Julius Caesar moves from broad sweep to brilliant detail". Barry Strauss - Professor of History and Classics, Cornell University Julius Caesar is highly regarded today as a military strategist and tactician, and as the ambitious conqueror who expanded Roman territory several times over. Less well known is Caesar the man - his early years spent as a priest, his first marriage to General Cinna's Daughter, his refusal to divorce his wife under threat of death during a civil war, his decision to join the army and his devotion to his family. Julius Caesar is a comprehensive work that touches all the important aspects of his life without miring readers in unnecessary details. Indisputably one of the most fascinating leaders in history, he is immersed in contradictions: a virtual dictator who continued to act on behalf of the plebeians and an intellectual who was capable of cruel vengeance. Philip Freeman, a distinguished classicist and brilliantly insightful author, describes Caesar in all his complexity, creating a stunning and engaging work that is destined to be a classic. Philip Freeman, a distinguished classicist and brilliantly insightful author, describes Caesar in all his complexity, creating a stunning and engaging work that is destined to be a classic. "Julius Caesar packed more into his life than most of history's great men - and Philip Freeman unpacks it all with skill and clarity". Anthony Everitt, author of Augustus and Cicero. Philip Freeman is the author of five books on classical, Irish and Celtic history and is the Qualley Chair of Classics at Luther College, Iowa and recipient of numerous fellowships in the US and Europe.

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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." "In this 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."--BOOK JACKET.An authoritative portrait of the iconic leader from ancient Rome evaluates him as a military strategist and ambitious conqueror, providing additional coverage of his lesser-known contributions as a priest, family man, and advocate for the working class.… (more)

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