Rinaldo, D. (2010). Julius Caesar: Dictator for life. New York: Franklin Watts. 9780531212769
Reasons for Reading After I finished the Cleopatra biography, I wanted to know a little more about Julius Caesar. Yet, I didn’t want to read a 400 page book about him. That’s when I remembered the Wicked History Series. I checked out a copy from HCPL.
Summary Back in 100 BC, Rome existed as a democratic republic. Some consider this one of first democracies. Yet, Rome faced trouble – slave revolts, corrupt politicians, military coups, etc.
Rising from the Roman ashes, Julius Caesar eases the chaos. He ruthlessly attacked all who opposed him; including old allies. After winning the civil war, Caesar declared himself supreme ruler. The Republic ended with him. Not everyone liked that.
What I Liked This series of books delivers the facts in a concise, informative way. I appreciated learning the facts of Julius Caesar and his world without being bogged down in too many details.
What I Disliked Just one thing – I wished for more on Cleopatra.
Four Out of Five Pearls
We should all be
very afraid. He is surely
making himself into a tyrant.
– Roman orator Cicero, on Caesar, 59 B.C.
Setting: Ancient Rome, the Near East, Europe
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For more about Julius Caesar, please check out the following sites:
- BBC – History – Julius Caesar
- Ancient Rome – The Roman Empire for Kids!
- The Roman Empire: In The First Century | PBS