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Julius Caesar

byRobert Garland

Paperback | January 1, 2004

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Julius Caesar was, as this book maintains, quite simply the most famous Roman who ever lived. His influence endures to the present day: in our "Julian" calendar of 365.25 days, which he introduced; in the geographical entity we call France, whose boundaries he established; and, thanks to his"invasion" of 55 BCE, his is virtually the earliest familiar name in the history of Britain. This introductory book seeks to explore the many facets of his complex character - his vanity and his vitality, his charisma and his cruelty. It seeks to set his astounding career and accomplishments against the background of late republican Rome, so enabling the reader to understand not only Caesarhimself but also the violent and destructive world in which he grew up. It traces in detail the sources of his phenomenal rise to power and the deep unpopularity which ultimately made him "one of the loneliest men alive". Garland pays particular attention to the day of Caesar's death, which can,like no other day of the ancient world, be re-constructed on an almost hour-by-hour basis. Caesar's powerful legacy is also examined, as is his "reception" in European thought and culture from antiquity to the present day in a variety of media, including epic poetry, drama, fiction and film. Thebook includes a guide to further reading.
Robert Garland is the Roy D. and Margaret B. Wooster Professor of the Classics at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York. He is the author of many books, including The Greek Way of Death, The Greek Way of Life, The Piraeus, Introducing New Gods, Religion and the Greeks, and Daily Life of the Greeks.
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Title:Julius CaesarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 8.31 × 5.39 × 0.51 inPublished:January 1, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904675026

ISBN - 13:9781904675020

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Chronology

1. The Man
2. The Witnesses
3. The Crisis
4. The Ambitious Upstart
5. The Proconsul of Gaul
6. The Gambler
7. The Final Months
8. The Conspiracy
9. The Murder
10. The Funeral
11. The Avenger
12. The Legacy
13. The Verdict
14. The Media

Notes
Further Reading
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Cracking along at the pace of an airport thriller, Robert Garland's Julius Caesar provides a fascinating bird's-eye view of this talismanic figure in the turmoil of the late Roman republic. Highly recommended." --The Sunday Telegraph