Caesar: life of a colossus, by Adrian Goldsworthy

Caius Julius Caeser is a real colossus. Probably, he is the most famous figure of the ancient history. Remarkable politician and  military genius. He conquered Gaul and returned to Rome as an emperor and, at the same time, Consul of Rome. His political status were unusual, a “republican emperor”. Unusual is the right word. Why did he forgive his old Roman enemies, Brutus and Cicero, those who organize his assassination in the Senate. Brutus keeps a secret, he was probably son of the “colossus”. Actually, some say that the last words of Caeser were “Et tu, Brute“. I know that the forgiveness of Caeser is also connect to the search of political support. He achieved that goal, becoming dictator for life. Adrian Goldsworthy describes Caeser has the politician and general, concentrating his research in the life of the man who changed the Roman political constitution. Caeser was not a real emperor, but he started something similar. Even in the beginning of the XX century, the title of the European emperors, like Czar and Kaiser, wore directly derived from Caeser. Goldsworthy brings in this book a very interesting subject. Was Caeser an amoral character? He forgave old enemies and local tribesmen, but was also cruel and very pragmatic about power and insubordination. Goldsworthy give us a good starting point for a deep reflection.

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