By Philip Freeman
Greater than thousand years after his demise, Julius Caesar is still one of many nice figures of heritage. He formed Rome for generations, and his identify turned a synonym for "emperor" -- not just in Rome yet as distant as Germany and Russia. he's most sensible often called the final who defeated the Gauls and doubled the dimensions of Rome's territories. yet, as Philip Freeman describes during this attention-grabbing new biography, Caesar was once additionally an excellent orator, an complete author, a talented flesh presser, and lots more and plenty extra.
Julius Caesar was once a fancy guy, either hero and villain. He possessed nice braveness, ambition, honor, and self-esteem. Born right into a noble relations that had lengthy been in decline, he complicated his occupation cunningly, starting as a clergyman and at last turning into Rome's top normal. He made alliances along with his competitors after which discarded them while it appropriate him. He was once a spokesman for the normal humans of Rome, who rallied round him repeatedly, yet he profited greatly from his conquests and lived opulently. finally he was once murdered in a single of the main recognized assassinations in background.
Caesar's contemporaries integrated a few of Rome's most renowned figures, from the generals Marius, Sulla, and Pompey to the orator and legislator Cicero in addition to the younger politicians Mark Antony and Octavius (later Caesar Augustus). Caesar's mythical romance with the Egyptian queen Cleopatra nonetheless fascinates us this present day.
during this superb biography, Freeman provides Caesar in all his dimensions and contradictions. With outstanding readability and brevity, Freeman exhibits how Caesar ruled a newly robust Rome and formed its future. This ebook will captivate readers researching Caesar and historic Rome for the 1st time in addition to those that have a deep curiosity within the classical global.
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27 This national esteem for Cato the defender of democracy reflected brightly on his daughter Porcia and son-in-law Brutus. As tradition dictated, the diners would each have brought something to the Caristia dinner at Cassius’s house, before sharing the meal in front of statues of Cassius’s household gods, to whom offerings were made. The dinner took place in the house’s triclinium, a dining room equipped with three couches around three sides of a square table. Three diners could recline on each couch, eating with their fingers as they took food and drink from the table, served by slaves from the table’s fourth, open end.
This time, only a few spectators applauded. For a third time, Antony offered the crown, and now Caesar came to his feet. 10 Caesar told Antony to take the crown to the Capitoline Mount and dedicate it to Jupiter, king of the gods and primary Roman divinity, in the massive and ancient Temple of Jupiter. This should have been an end to the matter. But Antony’s act of offering the crown to Caesar, coming in the wake of the affair of the crowned statues and dismissal of the tribunes, was not well received.
Even if that were the case, the messages were read by many, the rumors heard by most, and their impact not lost on Brutus. During the Regifugium holiday, Brutus visited an old comrade, Gaius Ligarius, who was sick in bed. Ligarius, “one of Brutus’s most intimate friends,” had fought for the republican side against Caesar during the Civil War, and like Brutus and Cassius had been pardoned by Caesar. 2 At the city house of Ligarius, his steward conducted Brutus into his bedroom. ”3 At this, Ligarius raised himself up on one elbow and reached out to Brutus, taking him by the hand.
Julius Caesar by Philip Freeman