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ROMAN EMPIRE -THE HISTORY... > WE ARE OPEN - CAESAR - WEEK THIRTEEN - May 21st - May 27th - Chapter Twenty-Three: The Ides of March and Epilogue - (pages 490-519) ~ No Spoilers, Please

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Hello Everyone,

For the week of May 21st - May 27th, we are reading chapter 23 and the Epilogue of Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy.

The thirteenth week's reading assignment is:

WEEK THIRTEEN - May 21st - May 27th -> 23. The Ides of March and Epilogue (490-519)

We will open up a thread for each week's reading. Please make sure to post in the particular thread dedicated to those specific chapters and page numbers to avoid spoilers. We will also open up supplemental threads as we did for other spotlighted books.

This book was kicked off February 26th.

We look forward to your participation. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders and other noted on line booksellers do have copies of the book and shipment can be expedited. The book can also be obtained easily at your local library, or on your Kindle.

There is no rush and we are thrilled to have you join us. It is never too late to get started and/or to post.

Vicki Cline will be moderating this selection.

Welcome,

~Vicki

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Caesar Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy by Adrian Goldsworthy Adrian Goldsworthy

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Vicki Cline | 3835 comments Mod
Everyone, for the week of May 21st - May 27th, we are reading Chapter 23 and the epilogue.

The thirteenth week's reading assignment is:

WEEK THIRTEEN - May 21st - May 27th -> 23. The Ides of March and Epilogue (490-519)

Chapter Overview and Summary:

Chapter 23. The Ides of March


Caesar’s assassination

This chapter covers Caesar’s final years as dictator and his assassination.

Epilogue


Caesar

This chapter summarizes Caesar’s life and times.


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Vicki Cline | 3835 comments Mod

Antony offers Caesar the crown

Discussion Topics for Chapter XXIII:

1. Shouldn’t the “liberators” have made plans for what they were going to do after the assassination instead of assuming everything would go back to the way it was before Caesar’s dominance?

Discussion Topics for the Epilogue:

1. Overall, did Caesar ruin the Republic or was it doomed anyway?


Michele (micheleevansito) Epilogue: Overall, did Caesar ruin the Republic or was it doomed anyway?

The Republic was doomed anyways. The violence that began even before he was born, the ignoring of conventional ways that began before he was born. The Republic was dying, all Caesar did was finish it off.


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Vicki Cline | 3835 comments Mod
I tend to agree, Michele. One after another of "great men" took over the state. Too many people were just out for themselves.


Erik | 4 comments I also agree that the Republic was doomed already. I was surprised Caesar was ready to go to war again for another 3 years to fight on the Balkan and against the Parthians. Considering the amount of power he possessed you would think he could easily have appointed someone with imperium to fight these wars and himself stay in Rome as dictator. It just reiterates to me how much of a warmonger he apparently was. Or he enjoyed going to war more than then the political wars in Rome.

Overall a great nuanced book although a lot of time spend on the actual battles which are sometimes difficult to really imagine.


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I think he wanted to be the one who defeated the Parthians and get back the standards from Crassus' legions. He wouldn't have wanted someone else to get that glory.


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Vicki Cline | 3835 comments Mod
The events closely preceding Caesar's assassination seem to have been written by someone planning a novel. He tells dinner companions the ideal death would be sudden and unexpected. A soothsayer tells him to beware the Ides of March. Calpurnia has a nightmare and begs him not to go to the Senate meeting. He has dismissed his bodyguards. It's all really dramatic. I guess truth is stranger than fiction.


Michele (micheleevansito) it was dramatic. Its like Shakespeare wrote it!


Harmke It must have been part of creating the 'Caesar myth' I guess. So dramatic you can't believe it's true...

I too agree that the Republic was doomed anyway. If there was no Caesar, it would have been someone else.


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Vicki Cline | 3835 comments Mod
I wonder what would have happened if Caesar had left his fortune to Antony instead of Octavian and hadn't adopted Octavian. I don't think Antony would have done as good a job with the empire.


Vincent (vpbrancato) | 1246 comments This last part of the book was really interesting and showed different facets of Caesar.
But the whole of Roman life from being taken as a child with your father to the Senate to the insecurities of Roman politics makes me wonder how these folks coped.
But I think in the end Caesar really had esxpected that the Senate that had given him his dictatorship would respect him. He let his body guards go - who wants to go thru life with body guards - maybe he felt enough of that on campaign.
When he wasn’t chasing women it seems he was working-he had ideas and plans to improve Roman life.
Msg 4 I agree with Michele that Rome was domed - unless it changed
Regarding Eric’s msg 6 I think that maybe two factors contributed to his wanting to go into the field again. First he was at home there and second maybe he thought he could do it better - also maybe he thought that his domestic plans might be better carried out with him away. Of course Eric might well be righter than I am - but I developed a feeling and vision of Caesar of a man of goal and principles (not mine and maybe not 20th/21st century ones) but that is what he seemed to be to me.
Regarding msg. 11 from Vicki I agree - I think that Antony would have been a catastrophe (maybe we are experiencing such now in America with another character)
thanks to all of you for sharing your thoughts and i apologize for being so late.


message 13: by Vicki, Assisting Moderator - Ancient Roman History (new) - rated it 4 stars

Vicki Cline | 3835 comments Mod
Thanks for your comments, Vincent, and don't worry about being late. The nice thing about books is that they are always there waiting for us.


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