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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753821583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753821589
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR was recognised by John Keegan as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has gone on to write several other books, including THE FALL OF THE WEST, CAESAR, IN THE NAME OF ROME, CANNAE and ROMAN WARFARE, which have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes.

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Goldsworthy's magnificent biography places Caesar in the context of the Roman world and shows why we return to the great man. (Toby Clements Telegraph)

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The story of one of the most brilliant, flamboyant and historically important men who ever lived.

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Ashurst on 9 Sep 2006
Format: Hardcover
Adrian Goldsworthy is known to me as a writer of exceptional ability, especially when covering complex subjects. In this biography, he ambitiously attempts to cover Caesar the politician, Caesar the General and as much of Caesar the man that's available to history (sadly, very little). Many biographies concentrate on his military campaigns at the expense of his political aspect (a big mistake, as the two are indivisible), or vice versa. It was a gamble, but Goldsworthy more than suceeds. If you've never read a biography of Caesar before, start with this one - but that doesn't mean he neglects the scholarly aspects. He's not afraid to lay out to the reader the historical controversies that still swirl about Caesar, just as they did when he was alive.

Goldsworthy has the ability to make a complex subject appear both clear and simple, and a highly engaging writing style. I hope he goes on to cover Sulla, Marius, Pompeius and Cicero: or perhaps even older Roman characters. I hope I'll have the opportunity to buy many more of his books. I grew up when narrative history had fallen out of fashion. I'm so glad people have realised that history can be written this way, without sacrificing any academic integrity. Buy this book and you won't be disappointed!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Aussie Reader on 20 Oct 2006
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Adrian Goldsworthy's latest book, "Caesar", is another one of those great books that you cannot afford to miss this year. Following on from his excellent run of books; "The Punic Wars" and "In The Name of Rome", this new title is a great addition to anyone's library.

The tale of Julius Caesar has been told before many times but I doubt as well as this in recent times. The research and story telling is exceptional. I found the book easy to read although it is quite detailed in regards to the political and social events and background that made up Rome during Caesar's period.

The accounts of Caesar's military campaigns were well told and presented with a number of basic maps to assist the reader in following the action. The author presented the facts covering Caesar's life in an un-biased way and left it to the reader to make up his own mind in regards to those controversial events in Caesar's life.

The book is about 520 pages in narrative text along with a number of black & white photographs and maps. Overall this is a good book and I am sure anyone who has an interest or passion for this period of history or for Julius Caesar will enjoy this book immensely.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By D on 29 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
Adrian Goldsworthy has produced a gripping history of one of the most colourful men to emerge from the classical world and indeed throughout history. The book traces Caesar's life from his early year and his exploits as a young man through his political and military career and of course his infamous death on the Ides of March 44BC.

Goldsworthy, a scholar of ancient warfare has detailed the military campaigns of Caesars proconsular command in Gaul with great clarity. There is an abundance of maps, which, unfortunately, are conspicuously absent in many books. There are several pages of b/w photographs of busts, coins and Rome etc. The complexities of Roman politics are handled by the author with ease, making this book a great read, enthusiast or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Filthy Raider on 6 Mar 2010
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Sometimes history really is better than fiction. And here Goldsworthy, probably best known to most as the 'history bloke who appeared at the start of the TV series Rome', really digs into the background and life of Caesar. A briliant general maybe, but a womaniser who was sleeping with the wives of many other Roman Senators! Some good 'trivia' backstories - I loved the description of Mark Anthony being a respectable young Roman until he was introduced by a friend to wine and women.

Caesar can often be mentioned in the same phrases with Hitler and then with Alexander. Was he a tyrant or was he the man that might have made Rome even greater? His legacy is undeniable, and this book is a fascinating read. Excellent stuff!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Neal VINE VOICE on 22 July 2010
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I was really quite surprised by this book, it is a treasure.

I became interested in reading a more in-depth account of the life of Caesar after reading Tom Holland's 'Rubicon' so I bought this book in the hope that it would be a good complement to the excellent overview of the fall of the Roman Republic that Holland had described so well.

I must say that I wasn't prepared to be so taken with a biography that easily rates as one of the most exciting, involving and fascinating narratives I have ever read. Since completing this book I have read other biographies (for example an account of Caesar's adopted son Octavian/Augustus) and nothing really compares with it. I would say that Goldsworthy's style and scholarship is simply so good that you cannot go wrong with this biography of the great general and dictator and it would make a fabulous gift for anyone with any interest in the period. It reads like a novel in fact, and at no point does it become tiresome, dull, or dry and dusty in the way that so many classical commentaries unfortunately manage.

A triumph for Goldsworthy! (Pun intended!)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By arbiter on 23 Oct 2008
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Praise for the other works of this author induced me to buy this book. Caesar here does not come across as a colossus, but as a busy man moving from A to B, sometimes willy-nilly. Generally sympathetic to his hero, Goldsworthy demonstates knowledge of the basic primary sources without showing major reflective/critical powers. That is to say, I was disappointed by a lack of originality or any point researched in depth (like, for example, Hankel's work on Caesar's genius for far-reaching economic measures or Dodge's meticulous analysis of Caesar's military exploits, not to mention Brandes' evaluation of his personal/historical merits). It is a fair retelling of Caesar's life - no more.
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