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The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination (original 2015; edition 2015)

by Barry Strauss (Author)

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Title:The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination
Authors:Barry Strauss (Author)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2015), Edition: 1st, 352 pages
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The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination by Barry Strauss (2015)


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This is a fine telling of the reasons for the assassination, the motives of the many players, the deed itself, and the aftermath. It will confirm the image you may have of Brutus and Cassius from Shakespeare--but will also teach you a great deal about a third conspirator, Decimus, who played a major role in the assassination. This is a book to read in a compressed time frame, since the narrative gets complicated and there are many, many names that appear throughout it. (Readers should also be prepared to see the words "perhaps" and "possibly" more than they're used to, but that's not the author's fault.) Strauss conveys well the fix in which the assassins found themselves when he notes, "Only the legions could save the republic from being run by the legions." In other words, the conspirators, motivated by a distaste for Caesar's growing military might, found after his death that they needed that might to keep the peace. The modern parallels are in neon. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
This book is very peoplecentric, in that it is tightly structured around the the major players in the topic. Took a while for me to get used to. Starts a little slow too, but it is very thorough. Guess I would like to see a smoother narrative, but includes a lot of info on the aftermath of the incident. Never realized Brutus was such significant force after the murder of Caesar. Lots of moving about and fighting by him in the east Mediterranean area.

I liked the account of Caesar's funeral, and the comparison w the story line of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". Prob about as historically accurate as "MacBeth". ( )
  delta351 | Jan 28, 2017 |
Very interesting book. I liked having it as an audiobook. Didn't really know much about what happened to Julius Caesar. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 11, 2016 |
Barry Strauss looks at the events of the Ides of March, what led up to them, who was involved, and their aftermath.

An excellent re-telling firmly based on the sources and acting as a counterweight to Shakepeare's account. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Mar 19, 2016 |
A very well researched and detailed account of the events that led up to the assassination of Julius Caesar, the event itself and the power struggle that ensued for Rome after his death. You will learn about little known conspirators that had a major hand in the event and have been virtually forgotten over time. Also, find out what motivated Brutus and Cassius to orchestrate the event. The author's thesis was that they felt Julius was usurping power and they felt they could restore the Republic. I thought it was a solid piece of writing that well appeal to all history buffs. ( )
  muddyboy | Aug 6, 2015 |
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"The last bloody day of the Republic has never been painted so brilliantly."
"Strauss made his mark as a military historian in books like “The Battle of Salamis” and “The Spartacus War,” and he’s strongest here when tracking Caesar’s army units in the days after the assassination."
added by bookfitz | editNew York Times, James Romm (Mar 13, 2015)
"In my view, Strauss creates a powerfully contextualized and historicized understanding of the assassination, with a somewhat greater focus on the military aspects of the conspiracy, including the role of Caesar’s general Decimus, than many earlier accounts, including ancient ones."
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In August 45 B.C., seven months before the Ides of March, a procession entered the city of Mediolanum, modern Milan, in the hot and steamy northern Italian plain.
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Thanks to William Shakespeare, the death of Julius Caesar is the most famous assassination in history. But what actually happened on March 15, 44 BC is even more gripping than the play. Strauss shows Caesar's assassination was a carefully planned paramilitary operation, put together by disaffected officers and designed with precision. The assassins rallied support among the common people, but they underestimated Caesar's soldiers, who flooded Rome. The assassins were vanquished; their beloved Republic became the Roman Empire.… (more)

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