Biographies & Memoirs

Caesar: Life of a Colossus

Caesar: Life of a Colossus

Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of the great Roman emperor’s life, Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor’s accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters during which he was high priest of an exotic cult, captive of pirates, seducer not only of Cleopatra but also of the wives of his two main political rivals, and rebel condemned by his own country. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar’s character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some two thousand years later.

In the introduction to his biography of the great Roman emperor, Adrian Goldsworthy writes, “Caesar was at times many things, including a fugitive, prisoner, rising politician, army leader, legal advocate, rebel, dictator . . . as well as husband, father, lover and adulterer.” In this landmark biography, Goldsworthy examines Caesar as military leader, all of these roles and places his subject firmly within the context of Roman society in the first century B.C.

Introduction

Part I – THE RISE TO THE CONSULSHIP, 100–59 BC

Chapter 1. Caesar’s World

Chapter 2. Caesar’s childhood

Chapter 3. The First Dictator

Chapter 4. The Young Caesar

Chapter 5. Candidate

Chapter 6. Conspiracy

Chapter 7. Scandal

Chapter 8. Consul

Part II – PROCONSUL, 58–50 BC

Chapter 9. Gaul

Chapter 10. Migrants and Mercenaries:The first campaigns, 58 BC

Chapter 11. ‘The Bravest of the Gaulish Peoples’: The Belgae, 57 BC

Chapter 12. Politics and War: The Conference of Luca

Chapter 13. ‘Over the Waters’: The British and German Expeditions, 55–54 BC

Chapter 14. Rebellion, Disaster and Vengeance

Chapter 15. The Man and the Hour: Vercingetorix and the Great Revolt, 52 BC

Chapter 16. ‘All Gaul is Conquered’

Part III – CIVIL WAR AND DICTATORSHIP, 49–44 BC

Chapter 17. The Road to the Rubicon

Chapter 18. Blitzkrieg: Italy and Spain, Winter–Autumn, 49 BC

Chapter 19. Macedonia, November 49–August 48 BC

Chapter 20. Cleopatra, Egypt and the East, Autumn 48–Summer 47 BC

Chapter 21. Africa, September 47–June 46 BC

Chapter 22. Dictator, 46–44 BC

Chapter 23. The Ides of March

Epilogue

Chronology

Glossary

Bibliography

Notes