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The Resource The ides : the murder of Julius Caesar, Stephen Dando-Collins

The ides : the murder of Julius Caesar, Stephen Dando-Collins

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The ides : the murder of Julius Caesar
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The ides
Title remainder
the murder of Julius Caesar
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Stephen Dando-Collins
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eng
Summary
Trying to clear away the twaddle that surrounds Julius Caesar, Dando-Collins (Caesar's Legion) provides a page-turner of a history describing step-by-step the events leading to the assassination of Julius Caesar and the impact of his removal on the collapse of the Roman Republic. Caesar's rise to power and his limitless ambitionposed an immediate threat to the survival of the Republic, which caused fear and consternation in those, such as Marcus Brutus, who nobly wished to defend Roman democracy. Brutus and his fellow senator Cassius planned the assassination and, with the help of yet other senators, carried it out on March 15, 44 B.C.E. Public sentiment originally favored the Liberators, as the assassins were known, but, thanks to the scheming of Marc Antony and the fickleness of the crowds, Brutus, Cassius, and others were forced to flee the city. In the months that followed, Antony and his sometime ally, Caesar's heir, Octavian, destroyed the Liberatorsonly to later wage war against each other. Antony's ultimate defeat led to Octavian's installation as the first emperor, Augustus Caesar. The dramatic story examines the roles of soldiers, politicians, philosophers, wives, and mistresses with perhaps too much emphasis placed on the ever-popular Cleopatra
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"Sixty killers, wearing the purple-trimmed togas of Roman senators, unsheathed their hidden daggers to stab the most feared and powerful man in the Empire. Hundreds of their colleagues ran screaming from the Theater of Pompey the Great proclaiming the bloody deed to the thousands of citizens who clogged the streets outside. It was the most public of crimes. Yet, two millennia after the murder of Julius Caesar many questions remain unanswered. Was Brutus a treasonous villain or a hero of Rome? Were the killers motivated by noble sentiment or venality? Why did so many of Caesar's formerly loyal lieutenants take part in the murder?" "In The Ides, Stephen Dando-Collins transports the reader to the streets, palaces, and gathering places of ancient Rome to experience a detailed, convincingly accurate, and suspenseful account of Caesar's final days. He traces the conspiracy that brought the conqueror down, from a surprising holiday meeting between Cassius and Brutus to its chaotic conclusion and beyond." "Drawing deeply from ancient manuscripts, Dando-Collins documents Caesar's campaign to persuade the Senate, which had already declared his a "living god," to appoint him king of Rome before his planned departure on a military mission on March 19, 44 B.C. He reveals why many Romans already considered Caesar a tyrant and why Brutus, who may well have been Caesar's illegitimate son, felt a special obligation to depose this man who would be king." "This history follows the mercurial Cassius and even-tempered Brutusas they carefully feel out potential co-conspirators, knowing that one wrong choice could be their last. It reveals the dramatic lengths to which Brutus's wife Porcia went to prove he could trust her with his secret; why Caesar, even as the killers pacedin restless anticipation of his arrival, canceled the Senate session he had called, and how a close associate convinced him to change his mind."
Biography type
contains biographical information
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
937/.05092
Index
index present
LC call number
DG267
LC item number
.D26 2010ab
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Read by Bronson Pinchot
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the murder of Julius Caesar
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The ides : the murder of Julius Caesar, Stephen Dando-Collins
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  • Unabridged
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audio disc
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sd
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Control code
19879270
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Extent
7 audio discs (8 hrs.)
Isbn
9781441752581
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audio
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rdamedia
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digital
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The ides : the murder of Julius Caesar, Stephen Dando-Collins
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Unabridged
  • Compact disc
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
19879270
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Extent
7 audio discs (8 hrs.)
Isbn
9781441752581
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
s
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digital

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