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July 12 , 2007

Legends of the Ancient World: The Life and Legacy of Julius Caesar


*Includes pictures and paintings of Caesar and important people, places, and events in his life.*Includes some of Caesar's famous quotes.*Discusses and answers some of the most popular myths about Caesar.I would rather be the first man in a humble village, than the second man in RomeCaesarA lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of historys most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors Legends of the Ancient World series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of antiquitys most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.Possibly the most important man of antiquity, and even all of history, was Julius Caesar. Alexander Hamilton, the famous American patriot, once remarked that the greatest man who ever lived was Julius Caesar. Such a tribute, coming from one of the Founding Fathers of the quintessential modern democracy in reference to a man who destroyed the Roman Republic, is testament to the enduring mark that Caesar left upon the world. The ultimate conqueror, statesman, dictator, visionary, and opportunist, during his time in power Caesar expanded the borders of Rome to almost twice their previous size, revolutionized the infrastructure of the Roman state, and destroyed the Roman Republic for good, leaving a line of emperors in its place. His legacy is so strong that his name has become, in many languages, synonymous with power: the Emperors of Austria and Germany bore the title Kaiser, and the Czars of Russia also owe the etymology of their title to Caesar. His name also crept further eastward out of Europe, even cropping up in Hindi and Urdu, where the term for Emperor is Kaisar. Even in his time, Caesar was in many ways larger than life, and because of his legacy as virtual founder of the Roman Empire, much of what was written aboutand byhim during his life and immediately after his assassination was politically motivated. His successor, Octavian Augustus, had a strong interest in ensuring that Caesars life be painted in a favorable light, while Caesars political enemies attempted to paint him as a corrupt, undemocratic dictator who was destroying the old order of the Republic. This makes it exceedingly difficult to separate historical fact from apocryphal interjection, as the writings of Cicero (a rival of Caesars) and the later biographies of Suetonius and Plutarch can be misleading. Nonetheless, along with Caesars De Bello Gallico, his famous notes on his campaign against the Gauls, they remain our chief sources for Caesars lifea life everyone agreed was nothing short of remarkable and changed the course of history forever. Legends of the Ancient World: The Life and Legacy of Julius Caesar provides an entertaining look at the facts and myths surrounding Romes most famous leader and explains his legacy, which has only grown larger over 2,000 years and promises to last many more. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Caesar like you never have before, in no time at all.
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