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The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination

The Death of Caesar The Story of History s Most Famous Assassination In this story of the most famous assassination in history the last bloody day of the Roman Republic has never been painted so brilliantly Wall Street Journal Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the

  • Title: The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination
  • Author: Barry S. Strauss
  • ISBN: 9781451668810
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this story of the most famous assassination in history, the last bloody day of the Roman Republic has never been painted so brilliantly Wall Street Journal Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate on 3 15 44 BC the Ides of March according to the Roman calendar He was the last casualty of one civil war, the first casualty of the next, which would enIn this story of the most famous assassination in history, the last bloody day of the Roman Republic has never been painted so brilliantly Wall Street Journal Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate on 3 15 44 BC the Ides of March according to the Roman calendar He was the last casualty of one civil war, the first casualty of the next, which would end the Roman Republic, inaugurating the Empire The Death of Caesar provides a fresh look at a well trodden event, with superb storytelling sure to inspire awe The Philadelphia Inquirer Why was Caesar killed For political reasons, mainly The conspirators wanted to return Rome to the days when the Senate ruled, but Caesar hoped to pass along his new powers to his family, especially Octavian The principal plotters were Brutus, Cassius former allies of Pompey Decimus The last was a leading general close friend of Caesar s who felt betrayed He was the mole in Caesar s camp After the assassination everything went wrong The killers left the body in the Senate Caesar s allies held a public funeral Mark Antony made a brilliant speech not Friends, Romans, Countrymen as Shakespeare had it, but something inflammatory that caused a riot The conspirators fled Rome Brutus Cassius raised an army in Greece Antony Octavian defeated them An original, new perspective on an event that seems well known, The Death of Caesar is one of the most riveting hour by hour accounts of Caesar s final day I have read.An absolutely marvelous read The Times, London

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    1. This book begins seven months before the Ides of March, in 45 BC, with Caesar planning to enter Rome in triumph to declare the end of the Civil War. Three men were beside him at that time: Decimus Junius Brutus Albinius, Mark Antony and his seventeen year old grand nephew, Octavian. As the author points out, within seven months, one of these men would betray him. Although, obviously, we know which man would be the betrayer, the author manages to build a great sense of tension about these events, [...]

    2. Very interesting book. I liked having it as an audiobook. Didn't really know much about what happened to Julius Caesar.

    3. Very readable synopsis of the world's most famous assassination, written for the educated layperson. First part: background information on Caesar, his career, personality and many people whose lives touch his for good or ill. While reading, remember all is, as the author says, "informed speculation." The author has melded all primary sources on the event: from Cicero [contemporaneous] to Nicolaus of Damascus [several decades after] to Plutarch, Suetonius and the latest, Cassio Dio [late 100s A.D [...]

    4. On March 15, 44 B.C Julius Caesar fell to the knives of Brutus, Cassius and perhaps 21 other senators. Strauss’s book covers only a three year span of time. Starting the year before the ides of March to the battle of Philippi two years later, when Brutus, defeated by pro-Caesar forces, took his own life.The author of this historical study tries to capture the tension of an unfolding crisis but also runs into strong headwinds when it comes to questions of character and motive.The author points [...]

    5. It seems that this must have been done before. There must be an earlier book focusing on this event for the general reader. If this is the first, and to my knowledge it is, thank you Barry Strauss for your long overdue work.Strauss believes the conspiracy began a month before the assassination. He describes events that may have triggered it and the personal motives of the plotters. He tells about the omens read from birds, dreams and weather patterns. You learn of Caesar dismissing his body guar [...]

    6. I was interested to read The Death of Caesar, since I’d read Barry Strauss’ work before — his book on Spartacus, for one, and the one on the Trojan War. I was less impressed with this one — it’s still informative and interesting, and it even pulled out things I didn’t know about the Ides of March and Caesar’s life in general. For example, if I’m thinking about the Ides of March, I’m thinking about Brutus and Cassius, and not about a guy called Decimus who didn’t even make it [...]

    7. The Ides of March still echoes in our culture over 2000 years later. The first century b.c.e. and the first century c.e. are the most well documented period of Roman history yet there are clouds of unknowns around this central figure of Roman History. With much legend and hearsay around the assassination of Caesar the author tries to depict this moment in a dramatic way that stays close to our best knowledge. Really interesting story as one gets to know the players in history's most famous murde [...]

    8. This book is the true story of the great Roman General Julius Caesar and the day he died. It goes into detail the different people that were his rivals, his betrayals, as well as his allies. It culminates everything that builds up to that one act of betrayal. The author did an excellent job recreating the complete background and character buildup for an event that affected two different nations. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes true history and/or is a fan of one the biggest figu [...]

    9. This is an excellent book for those who (like me) really love ancient Roman history. I took four years of Latin in high school, translating the works of Cicero and of course, Julius Caesar. For those whose knowledge of Caesar's assassination comes from Shakespeare, here is the source for the true story.

    10. THE DEATH OF CAESAR. (2015). Barry Strauss. ***.The author is a professor of history and classics at Cornell, and specializes in the Roman period. It turns out that what most of know about the assassination of Julius Caesar came from Shakespeare’s play. Unfortunately, much of what Shakespeare used in his drama was wrong, or incomplete. That’s OK, since he was writing a play – not history. His two main characters in the plot were Brutus and Cassius, but there was a third principal player th [...]

    11. Thought-provoking, but doesn't live up to its hype.Strauss does good to encourage some speculative new thought about Caesar's assassination, but he overloads speculation about the Roman general Decimus, as well as painting a less than accurate picture about one Roman leader at that time.I agree with following Nicholas of Damascus and Appian more, and Plutarch less, on the basics of the plot, assassination and aftermath, while using good historical methodology. However, even Nicholas doesn't tell [...]

    12. Strauss does a very good job of covering what is probably one of the most important murders/assassinations in history with this book. A professor at Cornell University with a specialty in military history, Strauss covers the details that cover the murder in a way to explain why the conspirators did what they did, how they did it, and what the results were for the Roman Empire and Western civilization as a whole.In part, Strauss is almost representing Shakespeare's Tragedy of Julius Caesar in for [...]

    13. In the tradition of Barbara Tuchman, Barry Strauss is a good story teller. The assassination of Caesar may be the most well known event in ancient history, but Strauss, the chair of Cornell's history department, gives his death a fresh airing.This being ancient history, Strauss has to tangle with the notorious dearth of actual sources, especially primary sources. This he does expertly. He is generally quite clear about where his information comes from, and he does a good job of evaluating the re [...]

    14. Thank you and Barry Strauss! I am so looking forward to this book and will post my review as soon as I have received and read The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination.Update - I have to agree that this book seems designed for readers with not a lot knowledge about this period of history, which was just fine for me. I did spend some time flipping back and forth to make sure I kept people and events straight……… I am not a big history buff. The last time I had [...]

    15. THE DEATH OF CAESAR tells a familiar tale, but it does three valuable things in addition to that. First, author and classicist Barry Strauss takes the time to put the characters of the assassination into their political context. Roman politics are not that different from our own, perhaps, but they operated on principles of gravitas and dignitas that have not prevailed in the United States since the early days of the Republic. What happened to Caesar on the Ides of March occurred for a variety of [...]

    16. I found the book extremely readable. The events leading up to the assassination, the people who had a hand in it, and the circumstances that created the conspiracy, are all written in great detail, and include most, if not all, contemporary accounts of the events. But this is no dry narrative of some ancient history. The people and events come alive. I’ve read several books on the life of Julius Caesar. And while many have been of larger scope, I believe this one to be the most comprehensive w [...]

    17. THE DEATH OF CAESAR tells a familiar tale, but it does an excellent job of putting the characters of the assassination into their political context. Strauss explains that Caesar's assassination occurred for a variety of reasons, depending on the individual conspirators, and he does a good job of explaining the conflicts and fault lines of Roman politics while keeping the story moving. He weaves in the short-term rationales for the assassination together with the bloody history of dictatorships a [...]

    18. "The Death of Caesar is ideal for readers who have only a passing knowledge of ancient Rome. The author weaves details of Roman life and politics, knowledge about the people involved in the conspiracy, and facts about the assassination itself into a well-researched yet entertaining historical narrative." - Kim Kovacs, BookBrowse. Full review at: bookbrowse/reviews/in

    19. I received this book free from a givaway. Okay now having said that, I will now post my thoughts. Having had studied the death of Caesar before I still found myself enjoying this book. It was well written and easy to follow. The plus side for me was it wasn't completely dry and boring. It is history so if you're expecting a story this might not be the book for you but it is better than the typical history books. Well worth the read. Thanks I really enjoyed it.

    20. well done. i think Russian names are easier to understand, however, because i've read logical explanationsi got befuddled in the midsection--not the author's fault! a long time (if ever?) that i knew of ancient battles,and that probably from Shakespeare!The personal lives and intrigues are what interest me and the lessons of history which are always ignored and forgotten.

    21. Do you think you know the story of Caesar's assassination? Well don't be so sure. The author takes you on a journey that is a story of trust, betrayal, arrogance, blindness, and tragedy on many fronts. He reveals new facts and insights and dispels old beliefs and leaves you with a well told story of the most famous assassination aside from Lincoln's.

    22. [I received this book for free through First Reads.]Thoroughly researched, and presented with detail & historical context that gives the reader strong feelings of what it must have truly been like to live and try to rule -- and die during the years when the Roman Republic was transitioning into the Roman Empire.

    23. Barry Strauss tells of the assassination of Julius Caesar in a way that far exceeds many of the other books on the subject. He takes you back and gives you the facts but not in the boring textbook way. He gives it by way of a story and an excellent one at that. Recommended for any history fan.

    24. “The Death of Caesar” is Barry Strauss’s latest work on the politics and warfare of the Classical World. Strauss is perhaps today’s most prominent author writing histories of this type—highly readable, not too lengthy, cogent analyses that are designed for the general modern reader. Among other topics, Strauss has covered the Trojan War, Salamis, Spartacus, and now Caesar. This is actually the second book in which Strauss has focused on Caesar—“Masters Of Command” includes the li [...]

    25. If you read Gibbon or enjoyed SPQR this detailed account of Caesar's assassination should be on your list. If, in the current environment, you muse over the unintended consequences of forcefully removing a head of state, this book offers insightful guidance.

    26. A nice, short and clever description of Caesar's tragic last days and their aftermath. Unfortunately, much of what follows — all that running, hand-wringing, battles, defections, changes of alliances, murders, proscriptions and the like — remains as hazy as in every other book on the subject I've seen; I know many of those details, but so far no one helped me make sense of them. That aside, a very good and energetic book; half of it consists of notes and bibliography recommendation (but the [...]

    27. Barry Strauss' book about the assassination of Julius Caesar is a perfectly fine retelling of this period of Roman history. Strauss is a good writer and he knows how to make the history entertaining. Even his discussion of the ancient sources, in resolving differences between Plutarch and Appian, Strauss never loses focus on the main story. No long digressions into dating pottery shards here.But I'm left wondering if and why we needed this book in the first place. There are already hundreds of b [...]

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