Caesar

It s 54 BCE Gaius Julius Caesar is sweeping thru Gaul, crushing the fierce, long haired warrior kings who stand in his way His victories in the name of Rome are epic, but the leaders of the Republic are not pleased They re terrified Where will the boundless ambition of Rome s most brilliant soldier stop He must be destroyed before he can overthrow the government It s 54 BCE Gaius Julius Caesar is sweeping thru Gaul, crushing the fierce, long haired warrior kings who stand in his way His victories in the name of Rome are epic, but the leaders of the Republic are not pleased They re terrified Where will the boundless ambition of Rome s most brilliant soldier stop He must be destroyed before he can overthrow the government install himself as Dictator.
Caesar It s BCE Gaius Julius Caesar is sweeping thru Gaul crushing the fierce long haired warrior kings who stand in his way His victories in the name of Rome are epic but the leaders of the Republic a

  • Title: Caesar
  • Author: Colleen McCullough
  • ISBN: 9780099792703
  • Page: 334
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    1. This review goes for all of mccullough's historical fictions set in rome--beautiful language, unimaginable scope, and a pretty accurate history lesson. Ask me the duties of the flamen dialis in ancient rome and I'll tell you without pause. Ask me about marius' mules. No one asks me anything about rome so I have not yet had the chance to blow minds and astonish peers. But you just wait.

    2. In Let the Dice FlyMcCullough compellingly manages Julius Caesar's transformation from master politician and Pontifex Maximus into autocratic general. She begins the story five years after the last book in her Masters of Rome series, Caesar's Women, not long into his second term as governor of four provinces: Further Gaul, The Roman Province (the genesis of the name for the area of France known as Provence today), Italian Gaul, and Illyricum. At this point, Caesar has proven himself a brilliant [...]

    3. well, I'm still chewing through roman history. this time we follow caesar after his first consulship, as he fights the gallic wars in spain and france, aka further gaul and gaul across the alps, and then crosses the fabled rubicon as he tries to force the politicians of rome to do their duty to rome, rather than fight petty squabbles, line their pockets with bribes, and hold grudges. we also watch pompey as he is driven to distraction by these same senators, as they try to tell him how to fight [...]

    4. Caesar is the fifth in McCullough's Masters of Rome Series about the late Roman Republic which entranced me from the first book with its picture of a world surprisingly modern in some respects as well as truly alien as only the past can be. A lot of the appeal of this book and this series is her ability to crack the stodgy marble image we have of Romans, and that's epitomized in the book's subtitle: Let the Dice Fly! The more commonly known quote of what Caesar said when crossing the Rubicon and [...]

    5. The easiest way to become an expert in the end of the roman republic, and later, the end of Ceasar, is to read this series.Historical novels always walks a line of historical correctness and entertainment, i thought this series managed to provide both, which is an impressive feat considering the extensive amount of information available for this time-period.This series follows the most important romans and their families for two generations.The rise to power of the succesful battlecommander Gaiu [...]

    6. -Trepidante y compacta idolatría.-Género. Novela histórica.Lo que nos cuenta. La legendaria buena suerte de César parece extinguirse cada vez que intenta conquistar Britania, y las noticias de la muerte de su hija afectan al líder romano, pero debe ocultar sus sentimientos. En la Galia debe consolidar sus conquistas y además pone los ojos en nuevas tierras que añadir a los dominios de Roma y a su propia leyenda, aunque tanto los galos supuestamente bajo control romano como los que no lo e [...]

    7. Story: 10 (The good stuff is here at last)Characters: 9 (Caesar’s too nice, but personalities are flawless)Accuracy: 10 (Almost perfect)This book was originally entitled Let the Dice Fly. I much prefer that title. Even something generic like Rubicon or Hail, Caesar would be better. I mean, what have we been reading up till now if not the story of Caesar’s life? Ah well. This is, at last, the story we’ve all been waiting for. The culmination of all that buildup (though it hasn’t really fe [...]

    8. Historical fiction at its best. This goes for the whole series. McCullough brings it all to life: the characters, the politics, the battle scenes, the cultural dynamicsShe does this by weaving in an amazing array of characters, major and minor, who ground every storyline. It is enough of a feat that she writes such compelling narrative. It is even more impressive that she pulls this off while giving us a pretty serious history lesson. She often deviates from the main storyline to offer an anecdo [...]

    9. There's a 5 year gap between the end of the last novel (Caesar's Women) in this 7 book series and this one: Caesar is now in Gaul and finds his ties in Rome being cut. Instead he throws himself into the Gallic campaigns which are described in minute and enthralling detail, based on Caesar's own commentaries (The Gallic War).McCullough manages to render the minutiae of military campaigns, including legions' rebellions, absolutely fascinating. This isn't by any means an objective look at either Ca [...]

    10. You can either pick up tomes and tomes of history to learn about the greatest military general that ever lived, or you can read this 600 page piece of fantastic writing! My review is of course biased because of my admiration of Caesar, but it's a brilliant book nonetheless.The book begins with Caesar's conquest of Britannia, follows his conquest of Gaul and ultimately ending in the civil war with the great Pompey Magnus. The dramatization is captivating and entertaining and at the same time, the [...]

    11. Servilia death watch: disappointing (DIE BITCH!) Could just have easily be called Pompey. The parts with Caesar were the most interesting of course* but the rest of it moved along pretty quickly too. Usually with these books there are about five or six story lines that are marginally connected going on at once but here there's only Caesar, the Gauls (which is over fast enough), Pompey, and a little Cleopatra thrown in around the edges. I have no idea how to pronounce a lot of the Gallic names bu [...]

    12. It was like reading De Bello Gallico, but with more character. I have tried to read her Masters of Rome series several times with a number of false starts. I don't know why it wasn't working, but I finally picked up Caesar (having skipped the first four, shame on me). Maybe it's because I finally read De Bello Gallico in Latin this year, but something in the story captured me. By the time I was done, I felt like I'd run a marathon, and I had a number of other texts spread out across my kitchen t [...]

    13. A pesar de ser el quinto libro de la saga, la autora consigue mantener el interés del lector. Quizás su secreto radique en unos personajes bien construidos y muy creíbles. Además, en esta ocasión, se describen algunas batallas y la vida militar de los legionarios, algo que algunos echaban en falta (no era mi caso, pues prefiero las descripciones de las vidas cotidianas). En todo caso, la figura de Julio César resulta resaltada y rodeada de un halo de divinidad y perfección, pareciendo a v [...]

    14. I read this book when I was working as a Web Producer at KUOW radio in Seattle back in 2006-2007. Long book with lots of chapters but it was one of the very best ever reads of Roman history. I learned more about Caesar then I ever knew. Most of the facts are never told in any history class. You wouldn't believe the things those Romans did for fun. It would be considered x rated by today's standards. I learned about foods they ate, who was who and how they got there and so much more. Great read!

    15. I never thought I would be so heavily invested in a book about Rome but wow. It takes a long time to read each one because very long books, very small print. Also requires further investigations on the side for proper understanding. I need to take a break before the next book in the series with an easier read. Then on to book 6 The October Horse. Excellent super interesting book.

    16. I love history and historical novels and after a little trouble getting over some awkward writing in the first couple of chapters, I was absorbed in this book. In the first 30 pages or so, many of the sentences used complex constructions that left it unclear which character was doing or thinking what. But once the Gauls launched their resistance, the story took over. And either my reading tolerance or McCullough's writing improved.McCullough's Caesar is charismatic, complex, creative and unconve [...]

    17. Caesar, the fifth book in McCullough's Masters of Rome series (be sure to begin with The First Man in Rome), covers the time period from when Roman general Julius Caesar led the Gallic Wars through the culmination of his Civil War against Pompey's faction. I cannot recommend this series highly enough; they are huge, highly readable even if you have no previous knowledge of ancient Rome, and full of savory detail. Colleen McCullough is genius at bringing to life the figures, culture and everyday [...]

    18. The events of the prior books in the series seemed more evenly split between Rome and the battlefield, whereas this book was almost entirely about war (for necessary historical reasons). It was a very good book but hard for me to get through. Still, I'm looking forward to the next book, as it will cover the period I'm most familiar with.

    19. The first half of this book (over 300 pages) felt like a homework assignment. I probably shouldn't have waited 10 years after finishing the prior book in the series to tackle this one. All that said, the second half of the book was great and I am looking forward to starting October Horse.

    20. A book I have read countless times. A beautiful command of language, a wonderful eye for fascinating historical detail, and characters that truly feel alive.

    21. At first, I thought this book would be an extensive, dry historical epic. I was pleasantly surprised, I could not put the book down and read through it at least 3 times. Fantastic book!

    22. The fifth book in the Masters of Rome series, and my favourite thus far. (and I only have The October Horse left to read) I loved the tagline "Let the dice fly" - uttered by Caesar as he crosses the Rubicon, a crucial moment in his own and Rome's destiny. (the translation is still being debated though) The author is clearly in awe of Caesar, and by the time the book is finished, we'd probably be pardoned for sharing the feeling. Since she rarely tampers with history and only adds interpretations [...]

    23. Caesar by Colleen McCullough covers Julius Caesars military and political battles from Britain and Gaul back to Italy (after crossing the Rubicon, a shallow river, now lost) through his battles with Pompey and the Roman Civil War.After the first book I read in this series (which was unfortunately not the actual first book of the series), I wondered if I could follow the battles, which make up the entire book.I still have trouble with the names, but otherwise the book did flow, and while this was [...]

    24. Overall, I am very impressed by rich introspective of ancient times’ events, mindsets and lifestyles, and especially by wholesome characters - full-blooded humans with their flaws equally prominent as their merits. It was impossible to side with any character, but to respect and understand every, was easy task, thanks to the authoress. The only complaints I have are: first, that feeling of being a bit manipulated in more emotionally involving scenes that might not be historically very accurate [...]

    25. Cayo Julio César, conquistador de las Galias, primer hombre de Roma, descendiente directo de Eneas y Venus. En este quinto tomo de la colección de McCullough, se describe de una manera entretenida, como es que Julio César conquista las Galias, vence a Vincergentorix y desaparece Alesia de la memoria de los franceses (ver Asterix y Obelix). Mientras tanto en Roma, un grupo de senadores obtusos, intentan a todo costa evitar que Julio César llegue a ser el hombre más importante de Roma, para e [...]

    26. The second McCullough book I've read. Read "The first man in Rome" years ago and as good historical books do for me - awaken a feel for that time period and the people who lived then.I still have "The October Horse" yet to read.I think these are a must for anyone planning to visit Italy - and Rome. Similarly to War and Peace - these type of books are a bit scary because it's hard to keep the names straight. But like Tolstoy - McCullough will spin the characters well for the reader - that you wil [...]

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