Adrian Goldsworth - Caesar: Life of a Colossus

Two weeks ago, I was thinking, “Funny, there are parallels between Caesar and certain presidents.” I had just got to the part in Caesar’s life when he wanted to come back to Rome and be a political leader again, but he couldn’t, and so the only path to getting what he wanted was to overthrow the government and seize control of it for himself. Once in power, there are some historians who say he had no plan and didn’t know what to do with that power, policy-wise, and basically “this is a lot harder than my old job.” 

But then there was that whole kerfuffle with the play and Caesar reference and the costume and the sponsors pulling out and suddenly the parallels seemed less amusing and I was reminded why I prefer historical biographies to the morning newspaper/ Twitterfeed.

The book was basically  “Caesar did this and then Caesar did that” enumeration of his activities. He was an astonishingly prolific letter-writer, so there seems to be a good record. Fun side note: daughters were considered so irrelevant that they didn’t bother to give them their own names. Another fun side note: Caesar would sleep with the wives of his political rivals just to mess with their heads, which is bold. Very bold.