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Caesar (Masters of Rome #5)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  4,842 ratings  ·  109 reviews
It's 54 BCE. Gaius Julius Caesar is sweeping thru 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're terrified. Where will the boundless ambition of Rome's most brilliant soldier stop? He must be destroyed before he can overthrow the government & ...more
Hardcover, 664 pages
Published December 3rd 1997 by William Morrow & Company (NYC) (first published 1997)
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LeAnn
In Let the Dice FlyMcCullough compellingly manages Julius Caesar's transformation from master politician and Pontifex Maximus into autocratic general. She begins the story five years after the last book in her Masters of Rome series, Caesar's Women, not long into his second term as governor of four provinces: Further Gaul, The Roman Province (the genesis of the name for the area of France known as Provence today), Italian Gaul, and Illyricum. At this point, Caesar has proven himself a brilliant ...more
Paula Hebert
well, I'm still chewing through roman history. this time we follow caesar after his first consulship, as he fights the gallic wars in spain and france, aka further gaul and gaul across the alps, and then crosses the fabled rubicon as he tries to force the politicians of rome to do their duty to rome, rather than fight petty squabbles, line their pockets with bribes, and hold grudges. we also watch pompey as he is driven to distraction by these same senators, as they try to tell him how to fight ...more
Matthew
This review goes for all of mccullough's historical fictions set in rome--beautiful language, unimaginable scope, and a pretty accurate history lesson. Ask me the duties of the flamen dialis in ancient rome and I'll tell you without pause. Ask me about marius' mules. No one asks me anything about rome so I have not yet had the chance to blow minds and astonish peers. But you just wait.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 13, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Fascinated by Ancient History
Caesar is the fifth in McCullough's Masters of Rome Series about the late Roman Republic which entranced me from the first book with its picture of a world surprisingly modern in some respects as well as truly alien as only the past can be. A lot of the appeal of this book and this series is her ability to crack the stodgy marble image we have of Romans, and that's epitomized in the book's subtitle: Let the Dice Fly! The more commonly known quote of what Caesar said when crossing the Rubicon and ...more
Olethros
-Trepidante y compacta idolatría.-

Género. Novela histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. La legendaria buena suerte de César parece extinguirse cada vez que intenta conquistar Britania, y las noticias de la muerte de su hija afectan al líder romano, pero debe ocultar sus sentimientos. En la Galia debe consolidar sus conquistas y además pone los ojos en nuevas tierras que añadir a los dominios de Roma y a su propia leyenda, aunque tanto los galos supuestamente bajo control romano como los que no lo están, i
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Apr 16, 2015 Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Caesar (Masters of Rome #5), Colleen McCullough
Matt
Historical fiction at its best. This goes for the whole series. McCullough brings it all to life: the characters, the politics, the battle scenes, the cultural dynamics...She does this by weaving in an amazing array of characters, major and minor, who ground every storyline. It is enough of a feat that she makes historical characters bristle with life and ancient events burst with excitement. It is even more impressive that she pulls this off while giving us a pretty serious history lesson. She ...more
Brandt
The easiest way to become an expert in the end of the roman republic, and later, the end of Ceasar, is to read this series.
Historical novels always walks a line of historical correctness and entertainment, i thought this series managed to provide both, which is an impressive feat considering the extensive amount of information available for this time-period.

This series follows the most important romans and their families for two generations.
The rise to power of the succesful battlecommander Gaiu
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Christin
Servilia death watch: disappointing (DIE BITCH!)

Could just have easily be called Pompey. The parts with Caesar were the most interesting of course* but the rest of it moved along pretty quickly too. Usually with these books there are about five or six story lines that are marginally connected going on at once but here there's only Caesar, the Gauls (which is over fast enough), Pompey, and a little Cleopatra thrown in around the edges. I have no idea how to pronounce a lot of the Gallic names bu
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Pilar
A pesar de ser el quinto libro de la saga, la autora consigue mantener el interés del lector. Quizás su secreto radique en unos personajes bien construidos y muy creíbles. Además, en esta ocasión, se describen algunas batallas y la vida militar de los legionarios, algo que algunos echaban en falta (no era mi caso, pues prefiero las descripciones de las vidas cotidianas). En todo caso, la figura de Julio César resulta resaltada y rodeada de un halo de divinidad y perfección, pareciendo a veces qu ...more
Eric
I read this book when I was working as a Web Producer at KUOW radio in Seattle back in 2006-2007. Long book with lots of chapters but it was one of the very best ever reads of Roman history. I learned more about Caesar then I ever knew. Most of the facts are never told in any history class. You wouldn't believe the things those Romans did for fun. It would be considered x rated by today's standards. I learned about foods they ate, who was who and how they got there and so much more. Great read!
Manu Prasad
The fifth book in the Masters of Rome series, and my favourite thus far. (and I only have The October Horse left to read) I loved the tagline "Let the dice fly" - uttered by Caesar as he crosses the Rubicon, a crucial moment in his own and Rome's destiny. (the translation is still being debated though)
The author is clearly in awe of Caesar, and by the time the book is finished, we'd probably be pardoned for sharing the feeling. Since she rarely tampers with history and only adds interpretations
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G Hodges
Caesar by Colleen McCullough covers Julius Caesars military and political battles from Britain and Gaul back to Italy (after crossing the Rubicon, a shallow river, now lost) through his battles with Pompey and the Roman Civil War.

After the first book I read in this series (which was unfortunately not the actual first book of the series), I wondered if I could follow the battles, which make up the entire book.

I still have trouble with the names, but otherwise the book did flow, and while this was
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Zeljka
Overall, I am very impressed by rich introspective of ancient times’ events, mindsets and lifestyles, and especially by wholesome characters - full-blooded humans with their flaws equally prominent as their merits. It was impossible to side with any character, but to respect and understand every, was easy task, thanks to the authoress. The only complaints I have are: first, that feeling of being a bit manipulated in more emotionally involving scenes that might not be historically very accurate, ...more
Max Simpson
This book of the series focuses on Gaius Julius Caesar. His brilliance in battle, his political savvy, mathematical genius, religious sincerity, economic prowess and ability to dictate several letters at the same time with different scribes and NOT lose his place are among the skills woven into this book. A true Renaissance Man! Wonderfully written.
Lisa Dalin
The second McCullough book I've read. Read "The first man in Rome" years ago and as good historical books do for me - awaken a feel for that time period and the people who lived then.
I still have "The October Horse" yet to read.
I think these are a must for anyone planning to visit Italy - and Rome. Similarly to War and Peace - these type of books are a bit scary because it's hard to keep the names straight. But like Tolstoy - McCullough will spin the characters well for the reader - that you wil
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Barbara
Spooky similarity between Caesar's impossible relationship with conservatives who called themselves the "boni" or "good men", and President Obama's impossible relationship with conservative Republicans and their allies, the Tea Bag Nation. There is even a Caesar opponent in the senate who refuses to stop filibustering, thereby blocking the passage of a bill that's sensible and that everybody wants. He shouts that he will never cease to impede all of Caesar's bills, not because he disagrees, but ...more
Lynn Cooke
Masterpiece Series, Colleen McCullough brings Rome and the Romans to life. I have been reading this series every night for years and just can't put them away. I wanted to get the hardcovers as I have worn out the paperbacks, however I have found the digital books keep much better.
Rufusgermanicus Meelberg
This is the book that started it all for me, in terms of Roman History. It picks up with Caesar in Gaul, and traces his most glorious battles, his rise to unequaled heights, and the forcing of the Senate that made him cross the Rubicon to defend his honor. Major historical events that shaped our world as we know it today are broken down and described in such a way that you can feel yourself there. McCullough dusts the layers of antiquity off Caesar, Cicero, Brutus, and others to make them not on ...more
Ivy
I love this Masters of Rome series. I read this one out of sequence, but it didn't make a difference, perhaps because I'm familiar with the history. Excellent descriptions of the battles and Caesar's character as a military leader.

Edited to add: In this one in the series which starts from Marius who was the first "Master of Rome" and who set the course for Empire. Caesar features from the second book in the series, and his death is covered at the end of this book. Caesar's claim to fame was tha
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Stephanie
Again, full of the rich detail and personal color that make the history of Rome during Caesar so fascinating. However, I have to say with this one I was just waiting for it to be over by the end. Maybe knowing what actually happened does not help keep my curiosity and interest level as high as if I had no clue. Plus I have discovered that I really don't care about Cleopatra and the Egypt issue at all, which makes me wonder how much I will like the next one. I think that Pompey is right when he s ...more
Ross Whitford
Being an admirer of Caesar, this book naturally drew my attention, and it kept it the entire time. McCullough shows not just the military brilliance of Caesar, but the thinking of those against him and his own rise to power in the Roman world. This is a book that I am very happy to have in my personal collection.
Sanna
Amazing in historical detail, with useful maps and drawings. Real life and people sometimes make better stories than plain fiction and Caesar is one of the best books on the subject I’ve read. Some fiction amongst the facts makes this a literary experience certainly worth one’s while. Minus half a star for the beginning, which was a bit slow, but once I’d struggled through the first 200 pages I suddenly found myself hooked. I was impressed by the way the persons of Caesar and Pompey were depicte ...more
Sanna
Amazing in historical detail, with useful maps and drawings. Real life and people sometimes make better stories than plain fiction and Caesar is one of the best books on the subject I’ve read. Some fiction amongst the facts makes this a literary experience certainly worth one’s while. Minus half a star for the beginning, which was a bit slow, but once I’d struggled through the first 200 pages I suddenly found myself hooked. I was impressed by the way the persons of Caesar and Pompey were depicte ...more
Arianne Potter
It was like reading De Bello Gallico, but with more character. I have tried to read her Masters of Rome series several times with a number of false starts. I don't know why it wasn't working, but I finally picked up Caesar (having skipped the first four, shame on me). Maybe it's because I finally read De Bello Gallico in Latin this year, but something in the story captured me. By the time I was done, I felt like I'd run a marathon, and I had a number of other texts spread out across my kitchen t ...more
Pallavi M.
I did like first man in rome better, only because some parts of the book seemed a little rushed- but probably because mccullough had like TOO MUCH material to cover, and had to gloss over some bits to make a feasible novel. I really loved her portrayal of characters like caesar, cleopatra in the end, and curio, among others. She's also just an incredible author, and her writing really brings these characters and the time period to life. My only complaint, again, that some parts seemed glossed ov ...more
Hugo Meachen
I thought that this book was an accurate and gripping insight into the life of one of the most powerful people ever to live. This book has everything from detailed maps and portraits to ancient speeches that were given at the time (translated into English). This book is part of a series which follows the lives of powerful people in Rome over the final 100ish years of the roman republic and it is this book where you begin to see the gradual shift from republic to empire. I really enjoyed this boo ...more
Anthony
Sep 08, 2014 Anthony rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
What little I read was ok, just not enough for me to invest the time to finish.
Simon Wan
interesting introduction to Caesar. Well-written accounts of Caesar and Pompey.
Cheryl
Brilliant. Great detail of Roman history written by a pro, and amazing characterization. The novel is so well researched that I could actually believe that the characters' words had been recorded somewhere and reproduced here. I don't think I've ever learned so much about history from novels as I have from this series. When a character who has been in several of the novels dies, I feel like a friend has passed. One of my favorite aspects of these novels is McCullough's use of prophecy. Of course ...more
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Colleen McCullough AO (born 1 June 1937) was an internationally acclaimed Australian author, born in Wellington in central west New South Wales to James and Laurie McCullough.

Colleen grew up during World War II. Before entering tertiary education, she previously earned a living as a teacher, librarian, and journalist. In her first year of medical studies at the University of Sydney she suffered de
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Other Books in the Series

Masters of Rome (7 books)
  • The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1)
  • The Grass Crown (Masters of Rome, #2)
  • Fortune's Favorites (Masters of Rome, #3)
  • Caesar's Women (Masters of Rome, #4)
  • The October Horse: A Novel of Caesar and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome, #6)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome, #7)
The Thorn Birds The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1) The Grass Crown (Masters of Rome, #2) Fortune's Favorites (Masters of Rome, #3) Caesar's Women (Masters of Rome, #4)

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