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.