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Caesar : a life in western culture

Autore: Maria Wyke
Editore: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : Biography : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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"More than two millennia have passed since Brutus and his companions murdered Julius Caesar - and inaugurated his legend. Though the assassins succeeded in ending Caesar's dictatorship, they could never have imagined that his power and influence would only grow after his death, reaching mythic proportions and establishing him as one of the central icons of Western culture, fascinating armchair historians and  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Biographie
Biography
Informazioni aggiuntive sul formato: Online version:
Wyke, Maria.
Caesar.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
(OCoLC)649338025
Persona incaricata: Julius Caesar; Julius Caesar; Julius Caesar; Julius Caesar; Gaius Iulius Caesar; Julius Caesar
Tipo materiale: Biography, Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Maria Wyke
ISBN: 9780226921532 0226921530
Numero OCLC: 213407437
Note: Originally published: London : Granta, 2007.
Descrizione: xii, 287 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contenuti: Caesar's celebrity : from fame to fable --
Audacity and adventurism : capture by pirates, ca. 74 BC --
Courage, cruelty and military acumen : war in Gaul, 58-51 BC --
Revolution and risk-taking : crossing the Rubicon, 49 BC --
Lust, luxury and love : Cleopatra and Egypt, 48-47 BC --
Triumphalism : Rome, 46 and 45 BC --
Liberty and tyranny : government, 49-44 BC --
Assassination : the Ides of March, 44 BC --
Divinity.
Responsabilità: Maria Wyke.
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"Caesar" is not so much about Caesar the man as all the many versions of him in poetry, literature, opera, and drama. . . . A lively and thought-provoking read which skips lightly across the  Per saperne di più…

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