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Julius Caesar

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Examines Caesar from the early days in Rome, dominated by Sulla, Pompey & Crassus, through his campaigns in Europe & Africa to his final years as dictator.
Hardcover, 187 pages
Published December 3rd 1992 by M. Evans and Company (first published 1969)
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John Nelson
Mar 06, 2016 John Nelson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in history, especially classical history
A short but well-written biography of Julius Caesar based primarily upon the writings of Caesar himself and his contemporaries.

When the Roman Empire fell, it did not fall all at once. Rather, it fell gradually, in a series of small steps. The borders became porous, "barbarians" gradually were enlisted in the Roman army and given citizenship even though they were not assimilated into the country's culture, several barbarian kings were given the emperor's crown to induce them to halt their depred
Oct 10, 2014 Garima added it
One of the greatest novels by Shakespeare.The joy of reading in Roman language gives you extreme feeling of being their and watching the live acts and scenes.
May 01, 2015 Roy rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Well worth the time, and not a lot of that needs to be spent reading this.
Tamer Nosshi
May 03, 2013 Tamer Nosshi rated it really liked it
Versus contemporary biographies, this particular tome actually consists of societal analysis. How essentially the culture of the late republic led to someone like Caesar taking full advantage of the situation and turn the political structures of the Roman Republic upon its head. Modern biograghies give the impression that it was a singular man of emmense talent and intelligence that accomplished it all without sight of the existing societal, economic, and political environments.
May 28, 2014 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Wow, this was bad. I actually couldn't finish it. I got about 1/4 of the way through and had used up all of my library renewals. There was interesting information in the book, but it was presented in a very boring way. I might get it out of the library again, but that would be only because I hate the idea of not finishing a book.
Mar 14, 2014 Bonnie_blu rated it liked it
Shelves: ancient_rome
The major drawback to this review of Caesar's life is that the author insists on stating, with conviction, what Caesar and others were thinking and feeling, and what their motivations were. Obviously, this is impossible, and it weakens the entire book.
Luke Sineath
Mostly a mediocre paraphrasing of Caesar's Commentaries. Grant is not an exciting nor insightful author. The History of Rome podcast episodes which cover Caesar's times are far more detailed and entertaining than this book.
Sep 11, 2007 Jamie rated it liked it
A solid biography of Caesar. Good information and worthwhile to get some background. It does end rather suddenly, though, which was a surprise for me.
Russell Hall
Mar 18, 2012 Russell Hall rated it liked it
An interesting view of a a man who after two thousand years still interests the Western World. A good and brief view of Caesar, as a general book.
Ashley Bradley
May 19, 2016 Ashley Bradley rated it liked it
Julius Caesar was just an okay book.. Had to read it for assignments in tenth grade!
Mike Anderson
Jan 03, 2011 Mike Anderson rated it really liked it
Ok biography. More fun to read Caesar directly.
Nov 10, 2012 Rusty rated it really liked it
Good primer on Caesar.
Jul 30, 2009 Jeffry rated it liked it
Grant is always reliable ... and always a little dry. I read his stuff .. nod off .. and read more of his stuff.
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Michael Grant was an English classisist, numismatist, and author of numerous popular books on ancient history. His 1956 translation of Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome remains a standard of the work. He once described himself as "one of the very few freelances in the field of ancient history: a rare phenomenon". As a popularizer, his hallmarks were his prolific output and his unwillingness to ove ...more
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