Caesar: A Biography

Caesar A Biography As politician and diplomat writer and lover but above all as a military genius Julius Caesar is one of the perennially fascinating figures in history Boswell called him the greatest man of any age

  • Title: Caesar: A Biography
  • Author: Christian Meier
  • ISBN: 9780465008957
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • As politician and diplomat, writer and lover, but above all as a military genius, Julius Caesar is one of the perennially fascinating figures in history Boswell called him the greatest man of any age Christian Meier s authoritative and accessible biography is the definitive modern account of Caesar s life and career, setting Caesar s life story against the rich politicaAs politician and diplomat, writer and lover, but above all as a military genius, Julius Caesar is one of the perennially fascinating figures in history Boswell called him the greatest man of any age Christian Meier s authoritative and accessible biography is the definitive modern account of Caesar s life and career, setting Caesar s life story against the rich political and social background of the Late Roman Republic.

    Julius Caesar Biography Biography Who Was Julius Caesar Julius Caesar c July or , BC to March , BC was a politically adept and popular leader of the Roman Republic who significantly transformed what became known Julius Caesar Biography, Conquests, Facts Britannica A Roman noble won distinction for himself and his family by securing election to a series of public offices, which culminated in the consulship, with the censorship possibly to follow This was a difficult task for even the ablest and most gifted noble unless he was backed by substantial family Caesar A Biography Christian This book is a classic The historical Caesar shines through in a palpably real manner The author uses historical sources to draw inferences regarding the mind of this epic historical figure. Julius Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar s i z r Latin pronunciation a.i s ju s kaer or July BC March BC , known by his nomen and cognomen Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician, military general, and historian who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. The Education of Julius Caesar A Biography, a Fulfillment by FBA is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in s fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Caesar Rodney United States statesman Britannica Caesar Rodney Caesar Rodney, delegate to the Continental Congress , , president of Delaware , and key signer of the Declaration of Independence Rodney had served as high sheriff of Kent county, Delaware , and as a delegate to the Stamp Act Congress He served in the Caesar CE Planet of the Apes Wiki FANDOM powered by Biography Edit Rise of the Planet of the Apes Edit A legend is born Edit Caesar was born in the San Francisco biotech company Gen Sys Laboratories as the son of a female chimpanzee nicknamed Bright Eyes and an alpha male chimpanzee of Bright Eyes tribe residing in the West African Jungle.Following the death of his mother, Caesar was found by the chimpanzee handler, Robert Franklin, and the Julius Caesar Biography life, family, death, history Young Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar was born on July , B.C.E to Gaius Caesar and Aurelia His father had gained moderate political success and the family claimed a long and noble history, which therefore entitled Caesar s family to certain traditional privileges and offices. Sid Caesar Isaac Sidney Caesar September , February , was an American comic actor and writer, best known for two pioneering s live television series Your Show of Shows, which was a minute weekly show watched by million people, and its successor, Caesar Caligula Emperor Biography Synopsis Gaius Caesar, nicknamed Caligula or Little Boot, was born on August , in A.D He succeeded Tiberius as Roman emperor in A.D and adopted the name Gaius Caesar Germanicus.

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    1. Interesting, controversial account of CaesarThis is written by a German Classics professor and though it's pitched as a book for the general reader, it assumes quite a lot of knowledge about Rome and its politics. 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 biblio [...]

    2. Christian Meier approaches his subject with characteristic German Gründlichkeit. This book could well have been shortened, and it would not have suffered from it - on the contrary. It doesn’t quite take off until you’ve gone through a quarter of the pages. - Meier doesn’t seem to be really in his element until he gets to the start of Caesar’s political career, and that is more than 100 pages into the book. I almost gave up before I got there – I was ready to fling the book against the [...]

    3. This is the best biography of an ancient personality that I have ever read. It was originally published in German, and an English translation was published in 1982. Right out of the gate, the translation is excellent, making this a smooth and compelling narrative. There are plenty of detailed maps in the front, as well as a good section of illustrations. The book has a significant number of strengths, but also what I consider two weaknesses.One significant strength is Meier’s ability to place [...]

    4. He was an outsiderA couple of weeks after I wrote my blog 'River crossing' I wrote an e-mail to professor Fik Meijer (University of Amsterdam). I asked him "Why did Julius Caesar cross the Rubicon and wanted to stay at the top in old Rome and was not satisfied that his consulship finally ended?" He wrote that there is not an easy (in dutch "niet zo maar") answer on this question. He pointed me at the biographies on Caesar of Luciano Canfora and Christian Meier.Best biography on Caesar (100-44 BC [...]

    5. Another re-read after a long time. Bought this in the late 1990s. Good read. It does start slow and then gets into the life of Caesar. The book captures Caesar's life from his escape from the Sulla civil war, his image of being a dandy and a profligate borrower and spender, his ride to prominence, his long years in Gaul and to his famous return to Rome. The author covers the lethargic state of politics in Rome and the dissatisfaction of it from an action oriented outsider like Caesar- to quote:" [...]

    6. When informing the Senate of his quick victory at Zela, Caesar used this now famous pithy phrase to mirror the quickness of his victory: “Veni, vidi, vici.” Well, there was nothing “veni, vidi, vici” about my reading of Christian Meier’s “Caesar: A Biography.” That’s not to say I did not appreciate the book; had I not I would never have finished reading it. However, at times I found the repeated psychological interpretations tedious and suspect. It is difficult enough for me to a [...]

    7. This was the best political biography I had read until i came across Robert Caro's LBJ series.Translated from German, Christian Meier gives a very interesting and revealing historical and psychological analysis of Julius Caesar and his life.A great read.

    8. I actually only picked this book up lately; it sat for 15 years on the Colleen McCullough bookshelf, along with The First Man in Rome series, which I originally read as they were published in hardback.I picked up this volume to further inform myself about the subject over which I'd already spent so much time.I was intrigued, when I finally picked up the book that it read more like a series of essays about Roman lives and times, rather than the episodes in the life of Julius Caesar himself. The e [...]

    9. One of the first books I read on Roman history. It provides an extremely detailed account of pre-Caesar Rome along with a breakdown of family rivalries leading to Caesar's rise to power. This book is a very good book for experts on Roman history, however, because it tends to bogg the reader down with trivial family facts that beginning readers have a tough time understanding. I was lucky, already having a very broad knowledge of the time period before starting. Provides a sub-par account of Caes [...]

    10. This was an uneven book. It would pull me in, get interesting, and then fall back into tediousness. Well written, if a bit repetitive. If you're looking for a scintillating read about Caesar and the Romanswell, look elsewhere. This is Caesar the politician, Roman politics, and that's about it.

    11. First encountered Meier's Caesar on a reading list at university. A scholarly yet readable account of Caesar's life and times. Look out for chapter 3, which is the best account I've read about the factors contributing to the fall of the Roman Republic.

    12. Meier's Caesar is a masterful work of biogaphy with great insight to a truely misunderstood personality. My Favorite biographical treatment of the Greatest of All Romans!

    13. An incredibly in-depth, unbiased, evaluative biography of Julius Cæsar by a (at that time West) German professor of Antiquity. I knew only popular lore of Cæsar beforehand ; this tome provided background, cultural context and as much fact as possible about the life and ventures of Cæsar. It took 9 months to get through it, and has been a thought-provoking period of time : directly after Donald Trump's election to the US Presidency. There are many similarities between the late Roman Empire and [...]

    14. I didn't read the complete book, just several large chunks. So take this with a grain of salt.First the good. Most books I've read on ancient history don't add that much to the original sources. They may be more interesting and readable, but most actual new data is just speculation. This book is different. The author adds a lot of rich detail on the structure of Roman society and politics, and a lot of useful analysis of Caesar's circumstances and motivations. Where many have tried and failed to [...]

    15. This is a dense book, but also a surprisingly easy read. Meier offers a self-contained biography of Caesar that narrates the life of the man and describes the culture he lived in. In the earlier years of Caesar's life, when we know less about him, Meier provides a broad description of what life was like for young men of that age. He indicates the probable events of these years when we don't have sure evidence of what Caesar was up to. This book is really much more than a simple biography. This i [...]

    16. I gave up 100 page through the book! Hard to follow the author handed it over to a charity shop!! Author assumes readers knowledge of Roman life style

    17. Originally published on my blog here in August 2001.The transition of the Roman government from Republic to Empire is one of the pivotal moments of world history, and Julius Caesar is the key figure of this period. Luckily, there are many sources dealing with his life which are contemporary or nearly so (including Caesar's own writings), and it is on these that Meier draws for his study of the man.The basic problem that afflicted the Republic, though, as Meier continually stresses, this was not [...]

    18. Good biography. I don't remember much but I do know I really like the idea of Caesar being the dawn of a new psychology in Rome.Quotes:"It is evident that the war was waged to protect Caesar's honour.""Caesar and his opponents thus represented two disparate realities: the old reality, which had once been the whole and was suddenly reduced to a part, and the new, which had detached itself from the old and could hardly have been realigned with it even if war had been avoided - so wide was the gap, [...]

    19. While the book appears to be for a lay audience, it presumes that the reader has a deep of knowledge about Rome and Caesar. While some reviews may have you buy this book, their writers are most likely know the biography and are interested the the critical work that this is.It seems that Meier is building the thesis that Caesar, as an outsider, was politically and psychologically disposed to take on an intractable Rome although he had no agenda other than advancing himself.I am sure there are man [...]

    20. This is a dry, dense, philosophical biography of Julius Caesar. The structure is strange; the author starts the book with the unusual choice of criticizing Caesar's crossing of the Rubicon (as a selfish action) and it's over 50 pages before Caesar is born. Unfortunately, I can't recommend this book at all; The tone is so dry, with no quotes and basic matter of fact textbook-style narration, that even the most interesting material is rendered as lifeless as dust. To return to the book's structura [...]

    21. More attention to the circumstances and deep explanation of the politics. Description is developed from the circumstances.It is written in the precise language of an academic book.In fiction in which the author plays with the imagination of the reader and a perfect balance between precision and blurriness tickles the reader's mind.The academic dissects the complex and complicated system of the Roman Republic between 100 and 44. It is not an easy or fun read.It explains and describes with all the [...]

    22. I read this book in college in my free time, so really sitting there and analyzing wasn't my motive for this read. Just wanted to learn about this apparently great figure in history. The book was detailed, but it read like it was a series of events and after a few hundred pages I had trouble remembering specific dates of things or names. There is a lot of information and events in this book.I got a grasp in a general sense of who caesar was and in a greater sense who Romans were in that time per [...]

    23. This is one of those books that I enjoyed because I like the subject matter, but it probably won't appeal to the casual reader. Meier makes several good historical and political observations.This is one of those books where Meier utilizes "why use one word when you can use two." I also thought it was odd that many times throughout the narrative Meier discusses how neither Caesar nor any of his contemporaries could find an alternative to halt the decay of the Republic and save it, but waits all t [...]

    24. Ich habe diese Caesar-Biographie für meine Staatsexamensarbeit gelesen und habe gehofft ein umfassendes und anschauliches Bild von Caesar zu erhalten, welches sich nicht ganz so trocken gestaltet wie die übrige Fachliteratur durch die ich mich kämpfen musste. Meier liefert zwar ein sehr anschauliches Bilder der handelnden Personen, schweift aber oft ab, verliert sich in Randthemen und ab und zu wird es trocken. Wenn es aber um die Personen an sich geht, schafft er ein wirklich lebendiges Bild [...]

    25. I gave it 100 pages.But most of those 100 weren't about Caesar at all -- they were about Roman society. And I guess I should've realized that a "current" biography (written in 1982) about a man who lived 2,000 years before might be a little slim on details of said man. But I've taken a Roman history class (Vice and Virtue in Ancient Rome -- sexy, no?), and wasn't looking for that this time around.So, despite Conn Iggulden's wonderful fictional introduction, I'm skipping the facts for now.

    26. If this were written in English originally, it might get 4stars. The translation is a bit awkward, but it is a rewarding read which paints a full picture of how Caesar was what he was rather than just a timeline of his life.Meier's notion of Caesar as an "Outsider" is perhaps the most useful paradigm through which to view the guy. He's a figure so different from his contemporaries, but so inextricably tied to them that any portrait is bound to contradict itself. This is no different. The depth o [...]

    27. I really enjoyed this book for the larger context of Caesar in the late republican period. Most biographies pay homage to military strategies and/or give the pretension of a singular man overcoming all challenges (until the end) to become the man Caesar turned out to be. But this book played particular attention to the lead up the characteristics/deficiencies of late republicans and how it all led to the development of Caesar, his behaviors, and ultimately his actions.

    28. Unless you're a history student and you plan on reading "Comentarii de Bello Gallico" then this is the best biography of Caesar you're going to find. In my judgement, it takes too lenient a view of Caesars life and actions. (He was a a megalomaniac, albeit an extremely charismatic one) But otherwise it's excellent: thorough, without getting too hung up on one episode or another. The Germans always write the best books on Ancient Rome, it seems.

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