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In this splendid profile, Luciano Canfora offers a radically new interpretation of one of the most controversial figures in history. Julius Caesar played a leading role in the culture and politics of a world empire, dwarfing his contemporaries in ambition, achievement, and appetite. For that, he has occupied a central place in the political imagination ever since. Yet Caes In this splendid profile, Luciano Canfora offers a radically new interpretation of one of the most controversial figures in history. Julius Caesar played a leading role in the culture and politics of a world empire, dwarfing his contemporaries in ambition, achievement, and appetite. For that, he has occupied a central place in the political imagination ever since. Yet Caesar, struck down by his own lieutenants because he could not be comprehended nor contained, remains an enigma. The result of a comprehensive study of the ancient sources, Julius Caesar: The Life and Times of the People's Dictator paints an astonishingly detailed portrait of this complex man and the times in which he lived. Based on his many years of research, Canfora focuses on what we actually know about Caesar, the man of politics and war, in a stylish, engaging narrative chronologically structured around the events in Caesar's life. The result is a rich, revelatory, full biographical portrait of the dictator whose mission of Romanization lies at the very heart of modern Europe. Copub: Edinburgh University Press


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In this splendid profile, Luciano Canfora offers a radically new interpretation of one of the most controversial figures in history. Julius Caesar played a leading role in the culture and politics of a world empire, dwarfing his contemporaries in ambition, achievement, and appetite. For that, he has occupied a central place in the political imagination ever since. Yet Caes In this splendid profile, Luciano Canfora offers a radically new interpretation of one of the most controversial figures in history. Julius Caesar played a leading role in the culture and politics of a world empire, dwarfing his contemporaries in ambition, achievement, and appetite. For that, he has occupied a central place in the political imagination ever since. Yet Caesar, struck down by his own lieutenants because he could not be comprehended nor contained, remains an enigma. The result of a comprehensive study of the ancient sources, Julius Caesar: The Life and Times of the People's Dictator paints an astonishingly detailed portrait of this complex man and the times in which he lived. Based on his many years of research, Canfora focuses on what we actually know about Caesar, the man of politics and war, in a stylish, engaging narrative chronologically structured around the events in Caesar's life. The result is a rich, revelatory, full biographical portrait of the dictator whose mission of Romanization lies at the very heart of modern Europe. Copub: Edinburgh University Press

30 review for Julius Caesar: The Life and Times of the People’s Dictator

  1. 5 out of 5

    Olethros

    -Mucho más que una biografía.- Género. Biografía. Lo que nos cuenta. Revisión de la vida de Cayo Julio César y su intervención en el devenir de la Antigua Roma pero con un alcance histórico y personal muy acusado simultáneamente (sigan leyendo, por favor). ¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite: http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/... -Mucho más que una biografía.- Género. Biografía. Lo que nos cuenta. Revisión de la vida de Cayo Julio César y su intervención en el devenir de la Antigua Roma pero con un alcance histórico y personal muy acusado simultáneamente (sigan leyendo, por favor). ¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite: http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andreas Schmidt

    Una biografia completa Una biografia esauriente e completa su "Giulio Cesare", che comunque (giacché non rientra nei compiti di Canfora) mancante del "prima" e del "dopo", indispensabile per comprendere il periodo. Ad ogni modo, se ne evince un "perché" storico nel modo in cui Roma diviene "impero" anziché "Res-pubblica", cosa che difficilmente (e sfido) dai libri di storia scolastici si riesce a capire. Estensiva anche la bibliografia da cui l'autore trae le sue affermazioni. Il prossimo passo d Una biografia completa Una biografia esauriente e completa su "Giulio Cesare", che comunque (giacché non rientra nei compiti di Canfora) mancante del "prima" e del "dopo", indispensabile per comprendere il periodo. Ad ogni modo, se ne evince un "perché" storico nel modo in cui Roma diviene "impero" anziché "Res-pubblica", cosa che difficilmente (e sfido) dai libri di storia scolastici si riesce a capire. Estensiva anche la bibliografia da cui l'autore trae le sue affermazioni. Il prossimo passo dopo questa lettura è il De Bello Gallico e il De Bello Civile.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Thrill_house_85

    Arbeitet gut und viel mit den Quellen. Manche Ereignisse werde in der Ich-Form aus subjektiver Sicht des Autors bewertet, andere nicht. Dies ist etwas verwirrend, vielleicht aber auch der Übersetzung aus dem Italienischen geschuldet. Auch der Untertitel ist etwas verwirrend, da Canfora kaum auf die vermeintliche demokratische Basis des Caesar eingeht. Wie der Autor auf diese Bewertung der Diktatur kommt bleibt etwas rätselhaft. Alles in allem eine durchschnittliche Biographie mit schönem Anmerku Arbeitet gut und viel mit den Quellen. Manche Ereignisse werde in der Ich-Form aus subjektiver Sicht des Autors bewertet, andere nicht. Dies ist etwas verwirrend, vielleicht aber auch der Übersetzung aus dem Italienischen geschuldet. Auch der Untertitel ist etwas verwirrend, da Canfora kaum auf die vermeintliche demokratische Basis des Caesar eingeht. Wie der Autor auf diese Bewertung der Diktatur kommt bleibt etwas rätselhaft. Alles in allem eine durchschnittliche Biographie mit schönem Anmerkungsapparat und guter Quellenarbeit.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lupo

    Bel libro, chiaro e teso, quasi fosse un racconto e non una biografia. Scritto in modo elegante, fa trasparire una conoscenza profondissima del mondo cesariano e l'impressione che per Canfora tutti i protagonisti siano personaggi conosciuti in tutti gli aspetti, quasi dei familiari.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Perron

    This is not going to be a positive review. The problem is however; I really do not know whom to blame for it. This book was written and published in Italian, in 1999, and then translated into English in 2007. Since I do not speak Italian and do not have the original work even if I did, it is hard to pin down blame. I think the forward was the best and most interesting part of the whole book. That part of the book is fascinating, dealing with how Caesar has been viewed over the thousands of years This is not going to be a positive review. The problem is however; I really do not know whom to blame for it. This book was written and published in Italian, in 1999, and then translated into English in 2007. Since I do not speak Italian and do not have the original work even if I did, it is hard to pin down blame. I think the forward was the best and most interesting part of the whole book. That part of the book is fascinating, dealing with how Caesar has been viewed over the thousands of years since he died by various individuals. The first thing the Canfora discusses is how Caesar's reputation is dealt with through the propaganda of his heir, the Emperor Augustus. This is followed by how Caesar was viewed by the monarchs of the Early and High Middle Ages, and a whole section dedicated to how Napoleon Bonaparte viewed Caesar and himself by comparison. Although Caesar has fans throughout the ranks of the rulers, his reputation amongst republicans is not positive, to them Caesar is no hero. After that, however, the book goes down hill very quickly. If one were to look at the table of contents, the book would seem very well organized. However, the narrative is clogged and that makes it extremely hard to follow. Often times the author interrupts what he is saying make some point about how Napoleon viewed something or another that Caesar did. For example, almost halfway though the book, at the end of part II, is a whole `debate' about how brutal Caesar was while in Gaul. During which the author stops talking about Caesar's life entirely and for a whole chapter just focus on how various historians have treated and focused on the conquests themselves. It would make an incredible article for some journal, but it completely interrupts the narrative of the book. The book is not a total loss I did learn some interesting information that I did not know before. I was not, for example, very familiar with Sextus Caesar. The young Sextus Caesar was a young officer who was Caesar the Dictator's young cousin. Canfora describes a relationship that is so close that had the young Sextus had lived it might have been he, not Gaius Octavius, to have been the heir and later champion. In the end, I cannot really recommend the book. I am a lover history and I do have affection for the old Roman Empire, but this book is too choppy for me. This maybe an unfair assessment since it is, as I noted in the opening paragraph, a translation; it is however, not a translation I can strongly recommend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie_blu

    Even though the translation from the original Italian is at times cumbersome and could stand some additional editing, Canfora's sweeping analysis of Caesar's life is innovative and perspicacious. His book is organized into sections that each deal with one specific event in Caesar's life, and how each event was colored and shaped by the larger social and Mediterranean environments. I have read hundreds of books about Caesar and Ancient Rome, but found Canfora's approach enlightening. His work, ta Even though the translation from the original Italian is at times cumbersome and could stand some additional editing, Canfora's sweeping analysis of Caesar's life is innovative and perspicacious. His book is organized into sections that each deal with one specific event in Caesar's life, and how each event was colored and shaped by the larger social and Mediterranean environments. I have read hundreds of books about Caesar and Ancient Rome, but found Canfora's approach enlightening. His work, taken along with other works on Caesar and Rome, provide a much more fully formed view of the greatest of all Romans and of the civilization that formed the western world.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nat Shirman

    (auf deutsch gelesen)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Voss

    La biografia definitiva di Giulio Cesare. Abbondanza di fonti, rigore documentale e passione narrativa. Difficile trovare questo in un saggio storico.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Horner Dees

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  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

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