by Christian Meier

Paperback, 1996



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Fontana Press (1996), Paperback, 580 pages


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 political and social background of the Late Roman Republic.

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LibraryThing member gmicksmith
More erudite than, Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy, Meier is addressing an audience well-informed enough to know his reference to "Elias" is Norbert, the cultural historian. It is in a sense therefore less a strict biography as it is a reflection on the meaning of Caesar. Where the
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sources are silent Meier asks questions about Caesar and leaves the speculation, or thoughtful reflection to the reader.
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LibraryThing member Plinius
Excellent biography of a man who found Rome itself too small. He was definitely no saint. But he was, perhaps, made of the same stuff as Bernhard of Clairvaux and Ignatius de Loyola.
LibraryThing member la2bkk
The main value of this biography is that it emphasizes Caesar’s role as an outsider as regards Roman politics, and how that perception led to his ultimate clash with the senatorial ranks in the Civil War.

Although this book is approximately 500 pages, it contained many digressions on political and
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social theory which unfortunately required the author address the Gallic and Civil wars in a cursory fashion. Ultimately, this book could have been shorter and yet contained more facts on one of the most compelling figures from antiquity.
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LibraryThing member jcvogan1
Wonderful context on Caesar up until the civil war then it kind of accelerates to the end and seems to gloss over important events.


Schlegel-Tieck Prize (Winner — 1996)


Original publication date

1982 (1e édition originale allemande, Siedler)
1989-03-01 (1e traduction et édition française, Seuil)
2015-03-01 (Réédition française, Seuil)

Physical description

580 p.; 7.64 inches


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