Julius Caesar: The Life and Times of the People's Dictator

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University of California Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 392 pages
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.

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Contents

First Experiences of an Aristocratic Youth
3
Prisoner of the Pirates 7574
9
The Rise of a Party Leader
14
Pontifex Maximus
25
The Affairs of Mr Julius Caesar and Others
31
The Political Market
33
Inside and outside the Conspiracy
39
Caesars Senate Speech Rewritten by Sallust
54
Alexandria
188
Caesar Saved by the Jews
209
From Syria to Zela
218
The Long Civil War
229
The Young Octavius Emerges
245
Anticato
256
FROM THE CONSPIRACY TO THE TRIUMPH OF CAESARISM
261
Inklings of Conspiracy
263

FROM THE TRIUMVIRATE TO THE CONQUEST OF GAUL
61
The ThreeHeaded Monster
63
The View of Asinius Pollio
72
The First Consulship 59
78
Clodius
87
Semiramis in Gaul
88
The Conquest of Gaul 5851
99
The Black Book of the Gallic Campaign
118
THE LONG CIVIL WAR
125
Towards the Crisis
127
Striving after Tyranny?
137
Attacking the World with Five Cohorts
141
In Search of Consensus
150
Amicitia
159
From the Rubicon to Pharsalus
165
Against Subversion
184
Iure caesus 269 30 Iure caesus 31 The Lupercalia Drama
281
The Dictatorship
287
Epicureans in Revolt?
296
The Hetairia of Cassius and the Recruitment of Brutus 306 Brutus
306
Cassius Settles for the Second Rank
311
Some Unexpected Refusals
314
Cicero an Organiser of the Conspiracy?
317
The Serious Mistake of Dismissing the Escort
322
The Dynamics of the Tyrannicide
325
Wheres Antony?
334
How to Turn Victory into Defeat
337
The Wind
344
Chronology
349
Bibliography
370
Index
377
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Luciano Canfora is Professor of Greek and Latin Philology at the University of Bari. He is the author of many books including the best-selling The Vanished Library: A Wonder of the Ancient World (UC Press).

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