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

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, Mar 3, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 323 pages
5 Reviews
The exciting, dramatic story of one of history’s most famous events—the death of Julius Caesar—now placed in full context of Rome’s civil wars by eminent historian Barry Strauss.

Thanks to William Shakespeare, the death of Julius Caesar is the most famous assassination in history. But what actually happened on March 15, 44 BC is even more gripping than Shakespeare’s play. In this thrilling new book, Barry Strauss tells the real story.

Shakespeare shows Caesar’s assassination to be an amateur and idealistic affair. The real killing, however, was a carefully planned paramilitary operation, a generals’ plot, put together by Caesar’s disaffected officers and designed with precision. There were even gladiators on hand to protect the assassins from vengeance by Caesar’s friends. Brutus and Cassius were indeed key players, as Shakespeare has it, but they had the help of a third man—Decimus. He was the mole in Caesar’s entourage, one of Caesar’s leading generals, and a lifelong friend. It was he, not Brutus, who truly betrayed Caesar.

Caesar’s assassins saw him as a military dictator who wanted to be king. He threatened 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. The assassins were vanquished; their beloved Republic became the Roman Empire.

An original, fresh perspective on an event that seems well known, Barry Strauss’s book sheds new light on this fascinating, pivotal moment in world history.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
0
4 stars
5
3 stars
0
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - delta351 - LibraryThing

This book is very peoplecentric, in that it is tightly structured around the the major players in the topic. Took a while for me to get used to. Starts a little slow too, but it is very thorough ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - fhudnell - LibraryThing

This was a very well written story of the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Dictator for Life. The motives of the conspirators included jealousy, honor, hatred, self interest and the desire to ... Read full review

Contents

The Best Men
15
Decision in a Villa
29
Caesars Last Triumph
47
Part
65
Assassins
87
Caesar Leaves Home
107
Murder
127
A Funeral to Remember
167
Part Three
183
Vengeance
209
Augustus
229
Acknowledgments
239
Notes
261
Index
309
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2015)

Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics at Cornell University, is a leading expert on ancient military history. He has written or edited several books, including The Battle of Salamis, The Trojan War, and The Spartacus War. Visit BarryStrauss.com.

Bibliographic information