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Caesar : A Biography

Author: Christian Meier
Publisher: New York : MJF Books, [2002?], ©1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In his now classic 'Caesar: A Biography', internationally renowned historian Christian Meier brings the most famous Roman of them all unforgettable to life. History leaps off the page as Meier tells the riveting story of a brilliant, complex man and the political and social forces that both shaped and challenged him. Filled with psychological insight and wonderful character analyses, 'Caesar: A Biography',  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Julius Caesar; Julius Caesar
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Meier
ISBN: 1567315747 9781567315745
OCLC Number: 52709204
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New York : Basic Books, 1995.
[Translation of the 3rd German pbk. ed.]
Includes index.
Description: 513 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: Caesar and Rome: Two realities --
Caesar's fascination --
Crisis and outsiders --
Birth and family --
Youth in Rome --
The second decade: Experience of the civil war and first commitment --
The first test: The experience of Rome in the decade after restoration (78-70 B.C.) --
The political rise of the outsider (69 to 60 B.C.) --
Crisis and tensions: Cato's authority, Pompey's difficulty, Caesar's problem --
The consulship (59 B.C.) --
Achievement in Gaul --
The process of the crisis without alternative, Caesar's right to the civil war, his greatness --
The civil war (49-46 B.C.) --
Failure after victory
Other Titles: Caesar.
Responsibility: Christian Meier ; [translated from the German by David McLintock].

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In his now classic 'Caesar: A Biography', internationally renowned historian Christian Meier brings the most famous Roman of them all unforgettable to life. History leaps off the page as Meier tells the riveting story of a brilliant, complex man and the political and social forces that both shaped and challenged him. Filled with psychological insight and wonderful character analyses, 'Caesar: A Biography', reconstructs the rich political and social background of the Late Roman Republic. It demonstrates how limitations were deliberately imposed on the development of talent and personality in young Romans. Within this context, Meier reveals how Caesar established himself early on as a man whose unique drive and self-confidence would bring him into continual conflict with established institutions that were obsessed with the denial of the individual. From Caesar's birth to the inevitable Ides of March, Meier paints a full and vivid picture of how this larger-than-life leader truly affected the fate of the Roman republic and the course of history. Authoritative and accessible, this masterful biography has long been acknowledged as the definitive modern account of Caesar's life, career, and legacy. -- BOOK JACKET (inside flap text)

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