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Julius Caesar

A most informative book with a good insight into Caesar.  I found this book most informative and interesting.   It has an amazing insight into not only the life of this amazing man but also the times in which he lived.  The book effectively depicts Caesar not only as man but also a good tactitioner and leader.  This book has been well researched and written in an easy to follow way.  Although I already know a fair bit about Julius I found that this book informed me on a lot of things I previously had no knowledge of.  I immensely enjoyed this book and would recommend this book to anyone with a interest in the Ancient Roman Republic and Roman Empire.

Caesar:
A History of the Art of War Among the Romans Down to the End of the Roman Empire, With a Detailed Account of the Campaigns of Caius Julius Caesar

by Theodore Ayrault Dodge
Paperback (1997)

Exhaustive Detail On Caesar & Roman Arms.    In his typical simple & clear substantial style of prose Dodge presents the history of Roman arms & details Caesar's campaigns in impressive & compelling manner.   He begins by the changes that took place during the time of Marius from the 2nd Punic War, highlighting then to the life of Caesar & effortlessly narrates his campaigns.  His analysis of Caesar' personality & military skill & with his comparison of the man & his other fellow greats in military antiquity Hannibal & Alexander make some very moving reading, none the least to say truly inspiring.  Dodge is one of the greatest military historians ever& in the case of this book he has travelled to all the battle sites Caesar was involved in, giving more soundness & validity to his account.  All of his books are definitely recommended.

What were the political and social forces that shaped and challenged Julius Caesar?  And how did this larger-than-life leader truly affect the fate of the Roman republic and the course of history?   Internationally renowned historian Christian Meier explores these questions in the most authoritative and accessible account of Caesar's life, career, and legacy.

Dazzling Success for Caesar, The End for The Celts
The man most know as Julius Caesar left behind a gripping account of his campaigns against the wild men of Europe, the Celts, and their fearsome neighbours, the Germans.    The author paints a vivid picture of Caesar's courageous and risky campaign, particularly the startlingly successful conquest of Britain.   The reader is practically treated to a war correspondent's view of a Classical war.   The author also provides some juicy tidbits on Caesar's early career, including how he might have earned the alias Queen of Bythnia.   Overall, an excellent fleshing out of what was arguably Caesar's greatest achievement, with some much needed "fill in the blanks" of Caesar's personal accounts.

In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents.  The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings - "Beware the ides of March" - and of moving public oratory "Friends, Romans, countrymen!"   Ironies abound and most of all for Brutus, whose fate it is to learn that his idealistic motives for joining the conspiracy against a would-be dictator are not enough to sustain the movement once Caesar is dead.

Julius Caesar
by Jo McMurtry
Hardcover (1998)

Perhaps more than any other single work, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has popularised the image of Brutus as a ruthless and cowardly traitor, Caesar as a noble ruler and sympathetic victim, and the Ides of March as a time of danger and duplicity.   On the surface, the play is comparatively simple and straightforward, and thus it has frequently served to introduce generations of students to Shakespeare's works.   But the play is deceptive in its superficial simplicity, and scholars continue to probe the murky depths of its timeless tale of conspiracy. Part of the "Greenwood Guides to Shakespeare" series, this reference book is a thorough companion to the play.   Included are chapters on the play's textual history and available modern editions, the historical and cultural setting of Shakespeare's England, and the sources that Shakespeare probably utilised.   The volume then analyses Shakespeare's dramatic art, including his characters, language, and imagery.   It then explores the various themes that figure prominently in the play and overviews a number of different critical approaches.   Finally, it examines the drama's lengthy stage history, including recent film productions.

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