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Caesar: Politician and Statesman

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In 1912 a young scholar published a slim volume investigating the social structure of the late Roman Republic, which was in due course to transform the study of Roman history. The author, Professor Gelzer, went on to hold the Chair of Ancient History at Frankfurt and to become the greatest German-speaking historian of the Roman Republic since Mommsen. In 1921 he published ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 15th 1985 by Harvard University Press (first published 1968)
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Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
If Gelzer fails, it is in his unchecked adoration for Caesar - he will bring the issues to light but fail to pass judgment on them. Nevertheless, there is a reason why Gelzer's work has continued to amaze: his analysis, style and brevity make him a true delight for the interested student. The book follows a good outline, spending most of the book concerning his consulship, the proconsulship and the civil war. Gelzer tries to keep things as objective as possible, but cannot help from pronouncing ...more
Inés Chamarro
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three things I found outstanding in this biography of Caesar:

- First, the attention paid to his early career and to his consulate, which is very interesting as most people focus on the triumvirate, the conquest of Gaul and the Civil War.

- Secondly, the excellent description of Caesar's interactions with the existing establishment, which is essential to understand why things happened the way they did. One tends to personify the establishment in Cato and Pompey, with Cicero as a concerned observ
Feb 26, 2007 rated it liked it
The first "classic" modern biography of Caesar, Gelzer takes the old party line that Caesar was both a military genius and political maverick, a new type of Roman who was able to remove himself from the stale politics of the Late Republic and critically evaluate his place in it. It's straightforward and comprehensive, and while Gelzer clearly sees Caesar as a remarkable man, he acknowledges the gross propagandist overtones of Caesar's legislative and literary works. A nice, succint read if you'r ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This book is rightfully considered essential in any study of Caesar. Gelzer was ahead of his time in his analysis of Caesar's life as a politician and statesman since he approached his subject from a viewpoint within Caesar's culture and social environment (as much as is possible). Gelzer did not attempt to analyze Caesar's behavior from 20th century perspectives. The result is a brilliant exposition of Caesar and his times and clearly shows Caesar's unmatched genius.
May 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very interesting book about Caesar's life. While it is outdated, and takes as fact some of the more outlandish stories of Caesar's life found in some of the less reliable ancient sources, it does do a very good job looking at Caesar's life. Even if you are not the biggest fan of Caesar, you find yourself being drawn into his personality, and the book deserves credit for making the reader feel the powerful sway that Caesar held over people. This is the classic and standard bi ...more
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Aug 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
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