Caesar: Life of a Colossus

Caesar: Life of a Colossus

Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of the great Roman emperor’s life, Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor’s accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters during which he was high priest of an exotic cult, captive of pirates, seducer not only of Cleopatra but also of the wives of his two main political rivals, and rebel condemned by his own country. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar’s character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some two thousand years later.

In the introduction to his biography of the great Roman emperor, Adrian Goldsworthy writes, “Caesar was at times many things, including a fugitive, prisoner, rising politician, army leader, legal advocate, rebel, dictator . . . as well as husband, father, lover and adulterer.” In this landmark biography, Goldsworthy examines Caesar as military leader, all of these roles and places his subject firmly within the context of Roman society in the first century B.C.

Title:Caesar: Life of a Colossus
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780300120486
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  • Kalliope

    This is not an easy book to write, the biography of Caesar. The man who died at the hands of many but whose life has been revived repeatedly by numerous pens and brushes. From Plutarch, to Suetonius, ...

  • Szplug

    I truly enjoyed this book, and find that I'm actually rueful that I no longer have Goldsworthy's excellent biography to look forward to when I arrive home after work. I came to this six-hundred-plus p...

  • 'Aussie Rick'

    Adrian Goldsworthy's book, Caesar, is another one of those great books that you cannot afford to miss. Following on from his excellent run of books; The Punic Wars and In The Name of Rome, this new ti...

  • aPriL does feral sometimes

    ‘Caesar’ by Adrian Goldsworthy is very comprehensive. The author uses all available historical sources and puts in order the known information into a cohesive timeline. The result is an excellent ...

  • Ilias

    ******SPOILER ALERT: Caesar DIES*********Adrian Goldsworthy did an excellent job on his book, which covers almost all aspect of Caesar's life from a lover to an emperor. I really enjoyed Caesar: Life ...

  • Jerome

    Goldsworthy writes with flair and with a good command of the subject matter, doing an excellent job of bringing to life one of the most celebrated and vilified characters of ancient and Western histor...

  • Brandon Cormier

    I came I saw I conquered these are the words of Gaius Julius Caesar the man that created a legacy for the ages!!Adrian goldsworthy is one of my favourite Roman historians!!! And Caesar is definitely p...

  • Philip Lee

    CAESAR (Life of a Colossus)by Adrian GoldsworthyThis life of Julius Caesar was originally published (minus subtitle on jacket) as one of Weidenfield's military history tomes back in 2006. With the suc...

  • Heinz Reinhardt

    Gaius Julius Caesar is the most famous Roman to have ever lived. In part this is because his own writings have survived and are known to us, and he was himself a very good writer. However, it was also...

  • Gary

    This is a very thorough life of Caesar from soup to nuts, as it were. Any history about a figure or events as distant in time as that of the subject of this book is going to necessitate either a certa...