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César (Emperors #3)

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Esta biografia ficcionada de Júlio César, o primeiro de um quarteto de romances históricos sobre os imperadores romanos que a Gradiva começa agora a publicar, oferece um retrato evocativo da Roma antiga bem como uma análise plena de suspense de uma das mais intrigantes conspirações de todos os tempos.

Allan Massie constrói este magnífico romance histórico transformando a co
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published 2001 by Gradiva (first published 1993)
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Gumble's Yard
Mar 19, 2017 Gumble's Yard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Short but tightly written, enjoyable but literary, novel of Decimus Junius Brutus’s reminiscences (mainly of the period post Caesar’s defeat of Pompey) as he awaits his death in Gallic captivity having been prescribed by the Second triumvirate. In the book the narrators conventional historical role in Caesar’s assassination is (with the exception of he persuading Caesar to attend the senate) largely swapped with that of (Marcus) Brutus.
Liviu
another reread though this one for once i remembered vividly from when I read it for the first time years ago - probably in the mid 90's close to publication time; first and still best of the cycle and one of the books about Caesar that manage to be both conventional and innovative without stretching the historical evidence in any way

highly recommended
Hugh Ashton
Nov 17, 2013 Hugh Ashton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think very highly of Allan Massie's books of Roman history, and Caesar is one of his best portraits. The narrator is one of Caesar's closest allies, senior generals, and ultimately, one of his murderers, "Mouse", better known to history as Decimus Junius Brutus. The account of Caesar's rise, his fall, and the aftermath, is written as a dictation by Mouse to the son of his Gaulish captor, who is holding him at the orders of Mouse's former lover, and now one of the triumvirate ruling Rome, Octav ...more
João Roque
Massie, para mim o mestre do romance histórico, neste último livro que dele li sobre as grandes figuras de Roma que escreveu (Augusto, Tibério, Marco António e Calígula, além deste César), consegue ainda surpreender-me.
Li primeiro os outros 4 livros, todos eles de imperadores romanos, deixando propositadamente para o fim o livro sobre César, que ao contrário do que muita gente pensa, não é considerado Imperador.
Ele foi o mais célebre, porventura, governante de Roma, mas só o seu sucessor, Octávi
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Spiegel
Jul 12, 2011 Spiegel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Copiado do meu registro no Bookcrossing de 2004.

Da série Os Senhores de Roma. Ouvi dizer que é o mais fraco da série. A conspiração contra Júlio César, narrada pelo Brutus. Não gostei do estilo do autor. Os diálogos são só "cabeças falantes" (ele não descreve o que os personagens estão fazendo enquanto falam) e grande parte do tempo eles passam discutindo quem dormiu com quem (sendo romanos, todo mundo dormiu com todo mundo. Tá, dá para seguir com a estória?). César é apresentado como alguém hor
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Rusty
Couldn't decide whether to rate this one as 3 stars or 4 - probably 3.5. Anyway, reading the story of Caesar from the view of Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, one of his closest friends and advisers and one of the assassins, was fascinating. The author demonstrates how Caesar may have alienated himself from those who supported and advanced his career throughout his life. As the story evolves it appears that the only opinion that counts is his own. How can anyone doubt Caesar and his decisions yet ...more
Mark
Jul 24, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a short review here:

https://hesperiana.wordpress.com/2016...

I was very impressed with this book and the way Massie captured the values of the Roman aristocracy. Decimus Brutus is portrayed believably, and I liked his evolving evaluation of Titus Labienus.
Edward
A good read about a man who forcibly took his place in history. The lessons he learned in his life lend themselves to our lives. Caesar was not perfect, but then, no human is perfect. We can only aspire to learning from our history.
kostas  vamvoukakis
a real masterpiece
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Allan Massie (born 1938) is a well-known Scottish journalist, sports writer and novelist. Massie is one of Scotland's most prolific and well-known journalists, writing regular columns for The Scotsman, The Sunday Times (Scotland) and the Scottish Daily Mail. He is also the author of nearly 30 books, including 20 novels. He is notable for writing about the distant past.
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