Caesar (Hardcover)

Life of a Colossus

By Adrian Goldsworthy

Yale University Press, 9780300120486, 583pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2006

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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.

About the Author

Adrian Goldsworthy read history at Oxford and is the author of The Roman Army at War, The Punic Wars, and other books about the ancient world. He lives in Wales.

Praise For Caesar: Life of a Colossus

"An authoritative and exciting portrait not only of Caesar but of the complex society in which he lived."—Steven Coates, New York Times Book Review
-Steven Coates

“It gives me great pleasure to give Caesar the strongest possible recommendation. Caesar was a complex character living in confusing times, but Adrian Goldsworthy tackles the subject with a vigor, thoroughness and clarity of purpose that the great man himself would have approved of.”—Philip Sidnell, Editor, Ancient and Medieval History Book Club (London)

-Philip Sidnell

"Goldsworthy''s book will remain the definitive biography of Caesar for years to come."—Philip Matyszak, author of The Sons of Caesar: Imperial Rome''s First Dynasty
-Philip Matyszak

"Adrian Goldsworthy is one of our most promising young military historians today."—Sir John Keegan, author of The Iraq War

-Sir John Keegan

"Lively and accessible."—Mike Oppenheim, Journal of Military History

-Mike Oppenheim

"Adrian Goldsworthy is one of the new generation of young classicists who combine scholarship with storytelling to bring the ancient world to life. In his masterly new Caesar, he shows us the greatest Roman as man, statesman, soldier, and lover."—Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

-Simon Sebag Montefiore

"Monumental. . . . [Goldsworthy] writes with great style."—Atlantic Monthly

"Readers interested in Caesar and ancient Rome will enjoy Goldsworthy''s flowing narrative and thoughtful analysis."—David Bonagura, Jr., The University Bookman
-David Bonagura, Jr.

"A fascinating account of the life and career of a remarkable man...Goldworthy is a sober and cautious biographer, but then, when one''s subject is Julius Caesar, one needs to be nothing more."--John Phillips, Southern Humanities Review
-John Phillips