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Happy 2,115th Birthday to Julius Caesar

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  Julius Caesar was born in Rome on July 13, 100 B.C. That makes him 2115 years old today. To paraphrase the musical Hair, “Happy Birthday, Julie baby, happy birthday to you!” Everybody knows the day of Caesar’s assassination, the Ides of March, March 15, 44 B.C. but few knew the day of his birth. That deserves a change!   …

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Appealing and Appalling

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The worldwide fandom of The Death of Caesar continues! The Hindu, one of India’s most widely circulated national papers, enlisted me for a poignant interview published today which you can read online here. Instead of focusing solely on the content of the book, Mini Anthikad Chhibber, the interviewer, aims the conversation at the research process and the present-day renaissance in …

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Fragility of the Republic

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In the latest review of The Death of Caesar, Joseph Bottum at Library of Law and Liberty analyzes why we are perpetually fascinated with the short stretch of time around Caesar’s assassination and why this brief period continues to have an impact on society. As Bottum puts it, The Death of Caesar is ‘a gift to readers’ and we feel …

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Monday Caesar Update!

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Some decent coverage of The Death of Caesar from last week to report on: In Forbes, Barry weighs in on whether Julius Caesar was an epileptic A review from the Washington Independent has called The Death of Caesar an “almost cinematic examination of antiquity’s seminal killing” Over at petoskeynews.com, The Death of Caesar is lauded for offering a fresh reexamination …

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The Moral of Caesar

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Another rave review of The Death of Caesar by Roger Kimball of The New Criterion was recently posted, highlighting how pivotal the assassination was in changing the course of Roman and European history. You can read the full review here.

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Monday Caesar Update!

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The retelling of the dire events on the Ides of March have extended into April, and now it appears that the Death of Caesar will continue to make waves well in May! Here are three more reviews of the book published this past week: “A tangled skein from ancient Rome” – published in The Business Standard Another highly positive review …

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Monday Caesar Update!

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Another Monday, another great week of news and press for The Death of Caesar! Barry’s thought-provoking article exploring the similarities between Caesar and Lincoln’s assassination was picked up by TIME Magazine Online An excellent review of The Death of Caesar entitled ‘The End of the Republic’ on The Washington Free Beacon Another stellar review published on Chasm of Books Listen …

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Lincoln’s Assassination – and Caesar’s

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For the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination in the Ford Theatre, here’s a poignant article in History News Network comparing the killing of this enigmatic leader with that of Caesar’s death some two millenia before. The article points out similarities, differences in outcome and a few ironic connections. Well worth the read!

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Between the Stacks

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In a touching editorial in Ezra, Cornell’s Quarterly Magazine, Barry has been christened as the new poster boy for the library. The article itself is more about the latest news surrounding the library, but always nice to see Barry strike a pose! (see featured image above) In other news, The Death of Caesar continues to make its rounds in the …

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