Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar More than two thousand years after his death Julius Caesar remains one of the great figures of history He shaped Rome for generations and his name became a synonym for emperor not only in Rome but a

  • Title: Julius Caesar
  • Author: Philip Freeman
  • ISBN: 9780743289535
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Hardcover
  • More than two thousand years after his death, Julius Caesar remains one of the great figures of history He shaped Rome for generations, and his name became a synonym for emperor not only in Rome but as far away as Germany and Russia He is best known as the general who defeated the Gauls and doubled the size of Rome s territories But, as Philip Freeman describes inMore than two thousand years after his death, Julius Caesar remains one of the great figures of history He shaped Rome for generations, and his name became a synonym for emperor not only in Rome but as far away as Germany and Russia He is best known as the general who defeated the Gauls and doubled the size of Rome s territories But, as Philip Freeman describes in this fascinating new biography, Caesar was also a brilliant orator, an accomplished writer, a skilled politician, and much .Julius Caesar was a complex man, both hero and villain He possessed great courage, ambition, honor, and vanity Born into a noble family that had long been in decline, he advanced his career cunningly, beginning as a priest and eventually becoming Rome s leading general He made alliances with his rivals and then discarded them when it suited him He was a spokesman for the ordinary people of Rome, who rallied around him time and again, but he profited enormously from his conquests and lived opulently Eventually he was murdered in one of the most famous assassinations in history.Caesar s contemporaries included some of Rome s most famous figures, from the generals Marius, Sulla, and Pompey to the orator and legislator Cicero as well as the young politicians Mark Antony and Octavius later Caesar Augustus Caesar s legendary romance with the Egyptian queen Cleopatra still fascinates us today.In this splendid biography, Freeman presents Caesar in all his dimensions and contradictions With remarkable clarity and brevity, Freeman shows how Caesar dominated a newly powerful Rome and shaped its destiny This book will captivate readers discovering Caesar and ancient Rome for the first time as well as those who have a deep interest in the classical world.

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    1. I approached this book with a bit of apprehension. Last year I loved Alexander the Great by the same author, will this book be able to draw me in and involve me at the same level? I shouldn’t have worried. I was captivated by Caesar’s story as much as I was by Alexander’s.Caesar is obviously one of the most famous figures of all times, but even if you know your history well and know what’s going to happen, Freeman makes it so fresh. In the pages of this book, you feel the tension in the [...]

    2. The author prefaces this book with a quick anecdote which provided the motivation to write this biography. With interest waning during his springtime Latin class, Professor Freeman revived his students’ interest with a quick Julius Caesar Q&A. The students knew little of the historical figure besides his name, but were fascinated by what Freeman shared with them. The author generalized this observation to the general reading public and has written a straightforward and engaging biography. [...]

    3. Terrific biography of a fascinating man, a great (in a proper sense of the word) man. Freeman does a phenomenal job of making history not only accessible, but compelling as well. The book was educational, interesting and never boring. Though, of course, this is the story everyone knows the ending too. Very glad I found and read this book, nonfiction and/or history doesn't always read this exciting. Highly recommended.

    4. Philip Freeman's "Julius Caesar" is a comprehensive biography of the Roman conqueror that is as straightforward and readable as the general's own "Gallic Wars". Freeman not only stitches together the various ancient accounts of Caesar's exploits but adds context to his activities by including helpful background information about his various adversaries pulled from a wealth of modern scholarship. He recounts Caesar's conquest of the Celtic tribes of Gaul against a vivid tapestry of the Celtic cul [...]

    5. Caesar landed near the town and jumped out of his ship, but in his haste he stumbled and fell on his face. The sight of their commander crashing to the ground with his first steps on enemy soil sent a gasp through the superstitious troops. But Caesar was nothing if not quick-witted. He quickly grabbed a handful of sand and turned the omen to his favor shouting — “I hold you now, Africa!”This is a really awesome, really accessible biography. It’s not a genre that I read a lot of, but this [...]

    6. I love it when some of the best writing in classical studies comes from professors at smaller colleges like Philip Freeman, who hails from Luther College in Iowa. This is the second book by Freeman that I've read, and I enjoy his books not only for their scholarship but their wonderful sense of narrative. Here his subject is another ambitious and brilliant military strategist whose deeds shaped the world we live in. What really surprised me in reading this though is how much I didn't know about [...]

    7. As a historian, Philip Freeman is thorough. As a writer, Freeman is thoroughly entertaining. He has succeeded brilliantly in bringing to life one of the most famous historical figures of all time. I found myself captivated by Freeman's narrative style and I flew through his engaging story of Caesar's life and times. Having read Shakespeare's treatment a number of times, it was thrilling to fill in the blanks and better understand the historical context in which this fascinating life was lived. T [...]

    8. “Philip Freeman's Julius Caesar is a fascinating and well-written book. I have read many books on the life of Julius Caesar and he is one of my favorite leaders of all times. I can understand what it must have been to serve under him or stand against him. Even 2000 years later one knows that he was a master tactician, intelligent politician, supreme leader who stood in front always and above all he too had flaws which finally saw to his downfall.Freeman's book provides a highly readable accoun [...]

    9. I had doubts about this book. Julius Caesar, one of history's greats, in under 400 pages?Still, since I actually hadn't read a biography of Caesar, I might as well press on. It starts somewhat typically (read uninteresting) but as time goes by and Caesar begins his career as a soldier, the pace picks up dramatically. Let me put it this way--this book would make a heck of an action movie. Caesar's brilliance in developing new tactics on the spot and doing the unexpected ranks with any big screen [...]

    10. I initially began to read this book as "filler" material, you know the time when you have finished one book and are still looking for the next book that interest you. However, once I started reading I couldn't stop. This was an easy read with just the right amount of detail and summary to keep it interesting. My view on Julius Caesar has been modified and my understanding of politics as well.I recommend this book to anyone interested in great men and their deeds as well as anyone with an interes [...]

    11. This was a good overview of Julius Caesar's life, but if you are well read on Ancient Roman history and the Roman Civil War, this book won't provide much new information for you. In order to make this book fit into its small page size, the author had to leave out a lot of details in regards to battles and personal conflicts, although he talks about the latter in a bit more detail than the former.However, the one area where the author delves into detail is in describing the tribes of Gaul and Ger [...]

    12. After finishing the book, I feel in equal measures, enlightened and confused. The book in itself seems excellent and truly immersive. Freeman has done an amazing job at recounting the events through apparent vigorous research. The only question I am left with at the end, though is about Caesar's motivations towards the end, leading to such a tragic end to his legacy. If I were to believe everything from the book, casting aside any interpretative anomalies in favour of Freeman's expertise in the [...]

    13. Best biography ever read. While politically incorrect, to some degree, I unapologetically view him as the most impressive man who ever lived after reading the biography. He faced such awesome adversity and challenges and always ended-up on top (except until the fateful Ides of March). One is led to believe he almost had devine guidance and protection, until you come to the logical conclusion that he was a true genius in leading people to making strategic, calculated risks. His desire to clean-up [...]

    14. A remarkable man that Gaius Julius Caesar was. I never seem to be astonish by the life of Julius Caesar and his greatest accomplishments that led to the demise of the Roman Republic that would later lead to the rise of the Roman Empire. This book talks about his life and his rise to power, how he came to be who he became.

    15. This book was really easy to read and kept me very engaged the whole time. I would highly recommend this to someone who wants to learn about Caesar and Rome during this period, but don't want to slog through a long, scholarly book.

    16. This is one of the best books I have read on Roman history and I have read quite a few. The writing was so clear and engaging and the subject fascinating. I understood more than I ever have about what was happening in the first century B.C.E. The author has a generally favorable attitude toward his subject and the way Julius Caesar was able to come up with surprising solutions to difficult and urgent problems time and time again. Since I too admire Caesar's political efforts on behalf of the gen [...]

    17. A fascinating historical journey of a time that was not as unlike our own as one would think. The Roman ideas on the republic were aspirational as it appears there were always lies and schemes. Caesar was possibly the greatest leader of an armed force, oratory, intelligence and opportunity combined to make him great. The end was in pride and excess.

    18. I expected more depth to this book. It read fairly well and provides a good overview, but it doesn’t have the weight or scholarliness I expected.

    19. Very quick and concise summary on Caesar's life and achievements. The only major drawback is a lack of maps as the action takes place over most of the known world of Caesars time.

    20. According to Philip Freeman's account, Julius Caesar may have been the most misunderstood man in history. He owed his military and political career to the plebians, the lower class Romans with whom he sided. By doing this he won the never-ending antipathy of the patrician families who controlled the Roman senate.As a general Caesar led from the front. When he was in danger of losing a battle to the patrician forces in Spain, he charged the opposing line single-handedly, embarrassing his men into [...]

    21. The very last line of the book is a quote from Alexander Hamilton who "reluctantly" named Julius Caesar as the greatest man who ever lived. I beg to differ. I will take that other J.C. over Caesar any day. And I will take Abraham Lincoln, too. That said, Caesar's achievements are impressive indeed-- from a materialist perspective. Spiritually he was nowhere, a bloody pagan, inclined toward animal and even human sacrifice, completely lacking in a reverence for life or a sense of brotherhood with [...]

    22. It’s just possible that Caesar is the most written about person in the genre of biographies – right up there alongside Shakespeare and Lincoln. If it wasn’t for HBO’s sumptuous two season masterpiece Rome, I just may have passed Freeman’s latest entry in an already voluminous number of bios on this arguably first Emperor of Rome (others will attribute this honor to his nephew and heir, Augustus – nee Octavian). But as it was available on the cheap as a remainder while I was at Powell [...]

    23. Caesar gets a bad rap. Instead, people like Cato and Cicero have received the lion's share of acclaim since Caesar's assassination just over 2000 years ago. Cato, the staunch defender of a Republic run by, and catering to, the narrow interests of a moneyed elite; and Cicero, whose ego petty selfishness overshadows even the cumulative, undeserved praise heaped on his memory. Caesar, in contrast, could see the problems facing the Republic, its inherent flaws that would inevitably lead to its colla [...]

    24. Yet another biography of the gifted Roman war criminal. Not an outstanding book, but the author gets the job done.Julius Caesar was certainly one of the most remarkable men in history. I imagine him as tall, wiry muscular, with a formidable personality. When he walked into a room, you knew it. He was a workaholic, and brave to the point of insanity. He was also really really really lucky. He made countless gambles, such as sailing in abominable weather, and fighting in one battle after another. [...]

    25. So, I looked through the selections in the Winona, Miss library for something else to read and "Julius Caesar" leapt at my imagination. It's written by a college teacher who obviously engages his students, Philip Freeman. (Mama was a Freeman, but who knows if we all are kin? Except we love history and reading, which makes us all "kin".) I got a bit worn out with all the repetitive battle scenes, the "thousands left dead" on various battlefields in order to increase the power and scope of Rome an [...]

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