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Caesar: A Life in Western Culture

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780226921532
Author(s): Maria Wyke
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Dimensions: 162 x 234 x 24 (w x l x h)
Pages: 287

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More than two millennia have passed since Brutus and his companions murdered Julius Caesarand inaugurated his legend. Though the assassins succeeded in ending Caesars dictatorship, they could never have imagined that his power and influence would only grow after his death, reaching mythic proportions and establishing him as one of the central icons of Western culture, fascinating armchair historians and specialists alike.With "Caesar," Maria Wyke takes up the question of just why Julius Caesar has become such an exalted figure when most of his fellow Romans have long been forgotten. Focusing on key events in Caesars life, she begins with accounts from ancient sources, then traces the ways in which his legend has been adapted and employed by everyone from Machiavelli to Madison Avenue, Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw. Napoleon and Mussolini, for example, cited Caesars crossing of the Rubicon in defense of their own dictatorial aims, while John Wilkes Booth fancied himself a new Brutus, ridding America of an imperial scourge. Caesars personal life, too, has long been fair gamebut the lessons we draw from it have changed: Suetonius derided Caesar for his lustfulness and his love of luxury, but these days he and his lover Cleopatra serve as the very embodiment of glamour, enticingly invoked everywhere from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to the hit
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