Fuller, J.F.C. Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1965.
Major-General J.F.C. Fuller, or John Frederick Charles Fuller, was a long time British army officer during the early twentieth century. He was a military strategist and historian, as well as a gifted writer. Fuller is probably best known for his "Nine Principles of War" which have laid down the foundation of much of modern military theory since the early twentieth century. Fuller starts off by identifying that we as human beings tend to make well-known historical figures almost immortal. We either tend to glorify them beyond measure or criticize them until they are seen as inhuman. What Fuller wants to do is show the real Julius Caesar instead of history’s idea of this perfect being, or classical study’s idea of someone who could do nothing right. Fuller states He says that “one of the great difficulties in history is to disentangle the true characters and activities of outstanding personalities from the distortions of their legends.”1 Fuller wants to present Julius Caesar in a non-biased way that will show the world the real ruler of the Roman Empire. Fuller really stresses in this book that historians and those in classical studies have two very different views of the man that was Julius Caesar.
1. J.F.C. Fuller, Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant. (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1965), 11. Historians tend to see a man who had a brilliant mind and was an excellent military strategist, always leading his men to victory. They also see someone who dominated the political scene with his talent for public speech and persuasion. On the Classical Studies side, however, individuals see “a far less exalted being: an unscrupulous demagogue whose one aim was power, and a general who could not only win brilliant victories but also commit dismal blunders.”2 Although this may have changed since the 1960’s, I believe that...
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