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Julius Caesar: The People's Dictator

Luciano Canfora


This book is a profile of an extraordinary man, and a new interpretation of one of the most controversial figures in history. Julius Caesar played a leading role in the politics and culture of a world empire, dwarfing his contemporaries in ambition, achievement, and appetite. For that, he has occupied a central place in the political imagination of Europe ever since. Yet he remains something of an enigma, struck down by his own lieutenants because he could be neither comprehended nor contained. In surviving evidence, he emerges as incommensurate and nonpareil, just beyond the horizons of conte ... More

Keywords: Julius Caesar, world empire, ambition, ancient sources, political imagination, Europe, lieutenants, Roman dictator, political history, Romanisation

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748619368
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luciano Canfora, author

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Part I From Sulla to Catiline

Part II From the Triumvirate to the Conquest of Gaul

Part III The Long Civil War

Part IV From the Conspiracy to the Triumph of Caesarism

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