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Julius Caesar by Alfred Duggan
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Dec 06, 2009

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This was a pretty good look at the life of Julius Caesar, written in 1955. Duggan has a brief overview of the history of Rome and of the political structure there. While he admires Caesar, he appears to be on the side of the Optimates. For example - "The Optimates stood for a principle, and a sensible one, though it is out of favor at the present day: that citizens should be undisturbed in their private lives, and free to follow the political parties of their choice, even if that entailed a weak, incompetent, and corrupt central government. But the Populars, who had once held the opposite opinion, that a majority has the right to coerce an unwilling minority, were now split into purely personal factions." In the end, they just couldn't cope with Caesar's military genius and his ability to get his troops to be devoted to him.

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