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

 
 
Author
Barry Strauss.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781451668797
Pages/Publication Date 323/2015
Daedalus Item Code 61337
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Thanks to Shakespeare, the death of Julius Caesar is the most famous assassination in history, though what actually happened on March 15th, 44 BC, is far more gripping than Shakespeare's play. Classicist Barry Strauss (also the author of The Battle of Salamis, The Trojan War, and The Spartacus War) explains that the killing of Caesar was neither amateur nor spontaneous. It was in fact a carefully planned paramilitary operation, a generals' plot put together by Caesar's disaffected officers and designed with precision, using gladiators to protect the assassins. Brutus and Cassius were indeed key players, as Shakespeare has it, but they had the help of a third man, Decimus—a leading general and a lifelong friend of Caesar—who was truly his betrayer. Strauss shows how Caesar's assassins saw him as a military dictator who wanted to be king, threatening a permanent change in the Roman way of life and in the power of senators. The assassins rallied support among the common people, but they underestimated Caesar's soldiers, who flooded Rome and vanquished the plotters, leading to the dissolution of the republic and the founding of the Roman Empire.

"This history of Caesar ... is a romp, yes, but a glorious one, through the final months of Rome's most famous ruler.... One of the most riveting hour-by-hour accounts of Caesar's final day I have read ... an absolutely marvelous read."—Times (London)

"A fresh, accessible account of the archetypal assassination.... Strauss underscores [the conspirators'] dilemma with an urgency that makes each page crackle with suspense.... The Death of Caesar serves us both as an entertaining, vital act of preservation for those details and figures glossed over by other historians and as a reminder of a plot so daring it would be unthinkable today."—LAReview of Books

 
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