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Interesting, controversial account of Caesar,
This review is from: Caesar (Paperback)
This is written by a German Classics professor and though it's pitched as a book for the general reader, I suspect it assumes a lot of knowledge that a Mr/Ms Average just doesn't have. Having said that, it is erudite without being overwhelming and is very well translated. It covers Caesar's life, military and political career, and puts it all into the context of the social/political crisis of the Republic. Both a weakness and a strength is the lack of critical bibliography and footnotes - yes, they can be off-putting to the general reader, but they also help 'site' a book within current scholarship.
Meier's interpretation of Caesar's thoughts, assumptions and motives gives this a daring depth that you just don't get in most history/academic books and while he never pretends it's more than his own subjective opinion, it still rings true.
Read this for a fascinating interpretation of a fascinating man who really did stride the ancient world like a colossus, but do remember it's Meier's version, not necessarily the 'truth'.