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Modern Books About Caesar

Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy. Biography of Julius Caesar, the most famous Roman, who became emperor of most of the known world.

Julius Caesar: A Life by Antony Kamm. A fresh account of Caesar's life, with new translations from classical sources.

Caesar by Christian Meier, translated by David McLintock. This biography shows that Caesar's unique drive, self-confidence, and detachment brought him into continual conflict with established institutions.

Julius Caesar by Robert Garland. Explores Caesar's complex character -- his vanity and vitality, his charisma and cruelty -- and sets his astounding career and accomplishments against the violent background of the world in which he grew up.

Julius Caesar: A Life by Patricia Southern. This biography goes behind the legend to judge Caesar in his own historical context.

Always I Am Caesar by W. Jeffrey Tatum. Examines Caesar's career, home life and relationships with women.

Julius Caesar: A Beginner's Guide by Antony Kamm. Packed with facts and written in a playful style, this book tells Caesar's life story in less than 100 pages and clearly explains the basics of Roman government and culture. Includes a family tree, a timeline, and maps.

A Companion to Julius Caesar edited by Miriam Griffin. Thirty essays explores Caesar from a variety of perspectives: military genius, ruthless tyrant, brilliant politician, sophisticated man of letters.

Julius Caesar's Disease: A New Diagnosis by Francesco M. Galassi and Hutan Ashrafian. It is generally accepted that Julius Caesar suffered from epilepsy. But does the evidence really fit with this diagnosis? And if it was not epilepsy that afflicted Caesar, then what was it?

Caesar and Rome

Julius Caesar: The Colossus of Rome by Richard A. Billows. A biography of Caesar that explains the fall of the Roman Republican governing system in which he played a crucial part.

Julius Caesar by Philip Freeman. A biography that presents Caesar in all his dimensions and contradictions, showing how he dominated Rome and shaped its destiny.

The Education of Julius Caesar: A Biography, a Reconstruction by Arthur D. Kahn. Examines how events shaped Caesar's attitudes and character, and how he influenced Roman history.

Uncommon Wrath: How Caesar and Cato's Deadly Rivalry Destroyed the Roman Republic by Josiah Osgood. Dual biography. Althought both men were devoted to the republic, their hatred for each other pushed it to civil war.

The Year of Julius and Caesar: 59 BC and the Transformation of the Roman Republic by Stefan G. Chrissanthos. The year 59 was typical until the violent attack orchestrated by Caesar on the consul Bibulus allowed Caesar to take control of the Roman state.

Crossing the Rubicon: Caesar's Decision and the Fate of Rome by Luca Fezzi. Account of the fateful year leading to the ultimate crisis of the Roman Republic and the rise of Caesar's autocracy.

Julius Caesar and the Roman People by Robert Morstein-Marx. According to this book, Julius Caesar was no aspiring autocrat, but a successful republican leader.

Julius Caesar and the Transformation of the Roman Republic by Tom Stevenson. An introduction to Caesar's life and public career.

Julius Caesar by T. P. Wiseman. How Caesar changed the world by starting the transformation of the Roman republic into a quasi-monarchy.

Caesar as a Leader

Julius Caesar: The Life and Times of the People's Dictator by Luciano Canfora. Focuses on what we actually know about Caesar, the man of politics and war.

Julius Caesar: Leadership, Strategy, Conflict by Nic Fields. An examination of the great general's life and the factors behind his military genius.

Caesar: Politician and Statesman by Matthias Gelzer, translated by Peter Needham.

Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant by J. F. C. Fuller. Argues that Julius Caesar was extraordinary for his reckless ambition and ruthless tyranny, rather than for his skills as a military commander.

Caesar in Culture

Caesar's Footprints - A Cultural Excursion to Ancient France: Journeys Through Roman Gaul by Bijan Omrani. How Caesar's conquest of Gaul changed the course of French culture, forever transforming Europe.

Julius Caesar in Western Culture edited by Maria Wyke. Examines Caesar's role in religious, military, and political history; archaeology, architecture and urban planning; the visual arts; and literature, film, and theater.

Caesar in the USA by Maria Wyke. Examines Caesar's place in American culture, from the classroom to the Shakespearean stage, from cinema, television and the comic book to the Internet.

Julius Caesar, CEO: 6 Principles to Guide & Inspire Modern Leaders by Alan Axelrod. Analyzes Caesar as a leader, drawing 92 lessons for modern business leaders.

Caesar's Murder

The Ides: Caesar's Murder and the War for Rome by Stephen Dando-Collins. Did Caesar bring death on himself? This book recaptures the drama of his demise and the power struggle afterward.

The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination by Barry Strauss. According to this book, it was Caesar's lifelong friend Decimus, not Brutus, who truly betrayed Caesar.

The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar by Peter Stothard. Octavian exacted vengeance on Caesar's assassins. The last one left alive, Cassius Parmensis, evaded his hunters for 14 years.

The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient Rome by Michael Parenti. Shows that Caesar was the last in a line of reformers murdered by rich conservatives.

Caesar's Writings

Caesar's Commentaries: On the Gallic War and On the Civil War by Julius Caesar, translated by W. A. MacDevitt. Contains all of Caesar's surviving works, including his eight books on the Gallic War and three of his books on the Civil War.

Julius Caesar as Artful Reporter: The War Commentaries as Political Instruments edited by Anton Powell and Kathryn Welch. Essays demonstrate that Caesar's writings skillfully promote him and downplay Roman enemies.

Caesar in Gaul and Rome: War in Words by Andrew M. Riggsby. What did Julius Caesar intend to accomplish by writing and publishing his famous commentaries on his campaign against the Gauls, how did he go about it, and what potentially unforeseen consequences did his writing have?

The Cambridge Companion to the Writings of Julius Caesar edited by Luca Grillo and Christopher B. Krebs. An accessible introduction to Caesar as an intellectual along with a scholarly assessment of his literary accomplishments.

Caesar's De Analogia: Edition, Translation, and Commentary by Alessandro Garcea. Brings together for the first time the surviving fragments of Julius Caesar's work on Latin grammar.

Other Ancient Sources

The Fall of the Roman Republic: Six Lives by Plutarch, translated by Rex Warner. Includes Plutarch's biographies of Julius Caesar, Marius, Sulla, Crassus, Pompey and Cicero.

If you would like to read more of Plutarch, his Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans, Volume 1 and Volume 2, translated by John Dryden, are available.

The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius, translated by Robert Graves. Fascinating, easy-to-read, very entertaining introduction to the lives of the first 12 emperors of Rome, including Julius Caesar. Born in 60 A.D., Suetonius served as secretary to the emperor Hadrian.

The Civil Wars by Appianus, translated by John Carter. Covers Roman history from the rise of Tiberius Gracchus in 133 BC to the eve of the Battle of Actium. Appian is the only surviving continuous narrative source for this period.

Caesar as a Military Leader

Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome by Stephen Dando-Collins. Many military historians consider Caesar's legions the world's most efficient infantry before the arrival of gunpowder. This book shows why.

Cleopatra's Kidnappers: How Caesar's Sixth Legion Gave Egypt to Rome and Rome to Caesar by Stephen Dando-Collins. Reveals how a band of warriors led Caesar's army to victory against impossible odds. The book also investigates Caesar's kidnapping of the Egyptian royal family, including 15-year-old King Ptolemy and his sister Cleopatra, and examines Caesar's romantic involvement with Cleopatra, a girl young enough to be his daughter.

Julius Caesar's Battle for Gaul: New Archaeological Perspectives edited by Andrew P. Fitzpatrick and Colin Haselgrove. Examines the consequences of the conquest of Gaul on the Iron Age communities of north-west Europe.

Caesar Against Rome: The Great Roman Civil War by Ramon L. Jimenez. About the four-year Roman Civil War, focusing always on Caesar.

Caesar Against the Celts by Ramon L. Jimenez.

Caesar by Theodore Ayrault Dodge. A history of the art of war among the Romans down to the end of the Roman Empire, with a detailed account of the campaigns of Gaius Julius Caesar.

Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership by Barry Strauss. Explains the qualities three great generals shared, from ambition and judgment to leadership itself, and draws lessons that apply on and off the battlefield.

Novels and Plays

The Throne of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor. Fictional detective Gordianus the Finder investigates conspiracies against the life of dictator Julius Caesar.

Emperor: The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden. The first book in a four-part series about the life of Julius Caesar. The three sequels are Emperor: The Death of Kings, Emperor: The Field of Swords, and Emperor: The Gods of War.

Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series of novels about the politics and personalities of Caesar's era: The First Man in Rome (about Caesar's uncle by marriage, Gaius Marius); The Grass Crown (about Sulla); Fortune's Favorites (about Pompey, Sulla, and Caesar); Caesar's Women (about Aurelia, Servilia, and Julia); Caesar: A Novel (about Julius Caesar); The October Horse (about Caesar, Cleopatra and the fall of the Roman republic); and Antony and Cleopatra: A Novel. McCullough is also the author of The Thorn Birds and other bestsellers.

Cutter's Island: Caesar in Captivity by Vincent Panella. As a young man, Caesar was kidnapped by pirates and held hostage for more than a month. This novel explores that little-known episode in his life.

The Ides of March by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. It is March, 44 BC. Gaius Julius Caesar is exhausted and ill, and there are those who conspire against him. It seems nothing can save him, not even his loyal friend Publius Sextius, who is racing toward Rome to prevent his assassination; or his devoted wife, Calphurnia; or his lover Servilla.

The Triumph of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor. Mystery novel. Gordianus the Finder is asked by Calpurnia, Caesar's wife, to investigate conspiracies against Caesar.

Cleopatra's Heir by Gillian Bradshaw. Novel that imagines what might have happened if Caesarion, son of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, had survived to adulthood.

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Considered one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

Caesar and Cleopatra: A History by George Bernard Shaw. First produced in 1899.


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Children's Books

Who Was Julius Caesar? by Nico Medina, illustrated by Tim Foley. Children's book about the Roman politician who became dictator for life.

Julius Caesar: The Boy Who Conquered an Empire by Ellen Galford. This biography includes a timeline, illustrations, and maps. For children ages 9 to 12.

Julius Caesar: The Life of a Roman General by Gary Jeffrey. For children ages 9 to 12.

Julius Caesar: Dictator for Life by Denise Rinaldo. Biography from the "Wicked History" series for readers age 9 to 12.

The Life & Times of Julius Caesar by Jim Whiting. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.

Julius Caesar: Young Statesman by Beatrice Gormley. Book about Caesar's childhood for children ages 9 to 12.

Julius Caesar by Nick Hunter, illustrated by Mathew Duncan Edwards. What was it like to live in ancient Rome? Why not let Julius Caesar tell you about it? (Fiction.)

Julius Caesar: The Graphic Novel adapted by Dan Whitehead, illustrated by Naresh Kumar. Comic book based on Shakespeare's play about Caesar.

Documentaries, Movies, and TV

These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.

Julius Caesar. A 2003 movie starring Jeremy Sisto.

Julius Caesar. John Gielgud plays Caesar in this 1970 adaptation of Shakespeare's play. Charlton Heston portrays Mark Antony.

Julius Caesar starring Marlon Brando as Caesar. 1953 movie adaptation of Shakespeare's play.

Caesar and Cleopatra. Claude Rains as Caesar and Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra in a 1946 adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play.

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