For my biography paper I chose the powerful historical figure, Julius Caesar. I acquired the book “Julius Caesar” by Philip Freeman, which seemed like a good selection based off of reviews. The strengths of this book, which have a couple, but I would have to say that the best strength would be that of the true linear timeline of Caesar’s life. Laid out from around teenage at the beginning, up until the fall of the great Caesar onto the Senate’s floor where he had died. The book really tried to portray Caesar as a man of the people, also telling of his rise from the Subura to eventual dictator of one of the greatest states of history. One of the weaknesses of the book was, maybe more opinion based, that it was pretty dry reading for about the first third of the book, which made for turning the page at times difficult.
The author, Philip Freeman, did have a firm grasp on the life of Caesar. The book really went into the life of Julius, even delving into the thoughts of the clever leader. Freeman had also portrayed a great picture in the life and times of the great Caesar.
The author’s writing style was fluid, especially well during the years of conflict in the book, but as mentioned before the setup of the early years of Caesar’s life was a little drawn out. I do suppose the amount given, the youngster that was Caesar did lend to the background of the eventual leader, because people aren’t known of greatness when they are a child and things aren’t always documented well about them until their rise.
I do believe Freeman did a good job in detailing the life events of Caesar, good and bad. It was also pointed out, Caesar didn’t shy away from his short comings in life, but that doesn’t mean he would openly discuss about them either as he would with his triumphs. I believe this type of attitude that Caesar held was one of his greatest strengths, the ability to keep marching on even in the face of misfortunes.
I did enjoy the book; it gave a lot more detail about the life of Caesar than I had ever known about him. Probably one thing that was greatly portrayed in Freeman’s work, was that of Caesar’s ability to overcome obstacles and to keep moving forward, even when failure was more likely to happen rather than his victories. Another thing I liked about Caesar would be that it was almost like he made his own luck and fortune, at every turn it seemed like he always had something in his path, but with his quick thinking and not getting flustered style he almost always came out of the situation better than when he had went in. sometimes it brought to mind that maybe because of his humble beginnings and his silver tongue, that really led Caesar onto the path of greatness. So, yes I would have liked to meet this great man, one of the greatest in history, it would be beneficial to learn a thing or two from a man of his stature.
Julius Caesar was a Roman general and politician who overthrew the Roman Republic and established the rule of the emperors. Caesar used the problems and hardships of the time to create his own supreme political and military power. Roman Emperor Julius Caesar is regarded as one of the most powerful and successful leaders in the history of the world.
Gaius Julius Caesar was born on July 12, 100 B.C. to Gaius Caesar and Aurelia. His father had gained moderate political success and the family claimed a long and noble history, which entitled Caesar’s family to certain traditional privileges and offices. Caesar received the classic education of a young Roman at Rome and Rhodes. Caesar served as a young officer in Asia Minor and was quaestor in farther Spain. Caesar’s first important political success came when he was elected pontifex maximus, the chief religious office in Rome that carried important political possibilities. Caesar was then elected praetor and served so in Spain. Caesar was quick to take advantage of his power by waging a successful...
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