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Library Journal Review of The Death of Caesar

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The Library Journal recently reviewed The Death of Caesar which you can read below: Starred Review. Strauss (classics, history, Cornell Univ.; Spartacus War) presents a riveting portrayal of Caesar’s assassination on the Ides of March, 44 BCE. The author explains successfully very complicated political situations in laymen’s terms, propelling the reader through Caesar’s dramatic rise to his shocking murder in …

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Maclean’s: The Most Famous Assassination Ever

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Another excellent review coming from Maclean’s, a weekly Canadian magazine: “In taking on the conspiracy to assassinate Julius Caesar, Strauss tells a story of near-mythic status – and scant sources,” wrote the book reviewer, Simon Gatke. (Photo courtesy of Stratford Shakespeare Festival and David Hou/AP Photo)

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What Julius Caesar and The Sound of Music Have in Common

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On the fiftieth anniversary of the debut of the film, “The Sound of Music,” and the 2059th anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, I ask what the movie and the dictator have in common. Here are a few of my favorite things: Climb Every Mountain, Ford Every Stream: The Von Trapps crossed the Alps while Caesar crossed the Rubicon. …

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BookPage Reviews The Death of Caesar

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History and classics professor Barry Strauss offers both excellent historical detective work and riveting prose. Meticulously researched and superbly written, The Death of Caesar is a vivid and readable exploration of a momentous event.

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The New York Post Reviews The Death of Caesar

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“…He did not say anything about the “Ides of March,” just one difference of many between the version of Caesar’s assassination presented by William Shakespeare and the likely truth, according to Cornell University history professor Barry Strauss’ new book, “The Death of Caesar.” Strauss pored through ancient texts to determine the truest possible version of the events surrounding the assassination …

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Fifty Shades of Gai(us)

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  On February 15, 44 BC, priests ran half-naked through the streets of Rome and lightly touched girls and young women with goatskin thongs. The gesture, it was thought, would bring fertility. The occasion was the Lupercalia, an annual festival of purification. In 44 BC a new group of priests took part in the festivities. They were called the Julian …

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Cicero’s Nephew Goes to Fight for Caesar

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Cicero’s nephew Quintus – Quintus the Younger – was a boy dear to his uncle’s heart. His father, Quintus the Elder, was Cicero’s brother and the two brothers were close. The boy’s mother, Pomponia, was the sister of Cicero’s dear friend, Atticus. The year 45 B.C. was not an easy one for the nineteen-year-old Quintus. His long-squabbling parents finally divorced. …

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