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. . . recreates the struggles of the late Republic with such
storytelling and deeply examined historical insight.”
entertaining ... history at its most provocative ...
laser sharp research and analysis, Michael Parenti burns away stale
orthodoxy and distortion. What a remarkable people’s history!”
remarkable and accessible work of history and political analysis, with
profound implications for the U.S. empire.”
****** This book was chosen “Book of the Year” 2004 (nonfiction) by Online Review of Books (www.Onlinereviewofbooks.com). ******
historians, both ancient and modern, have viewed the Late Republic of
Rome through the eyes of its rich nobility. They regard Roman commoners
as a parasitic mob, a rabble interested only in bread and circuses.
They cast Caesar, who took up the popular cause, as a despot and demagogue,
and treat his murder as the outcome of a personal feud or constitutional
struggle, devoid of social content. In The Assassination of Julius
Caesar, the distinguished author Michael Parenti subjects these
assertions of “gentlemen historians” to a bracing critique,
and presents us with a compelling story of popular resistance against
entrenched power and wealth. Parenti shows that Caesar was only the
last in a line of reformers, dating back across the better part of a
century, who were murdered by opulent conservatives. Caesar’s assassination
set in motion a protracted civil war, the demise of a five-hundred-year
Republic, and the emergence of an absolutist rule that would prevail
over Western Europe for centuries to come.
The Assassination of Julius Caesar offers a compelling new perspective on an ancient era, one that contains many intriguing parallels to our own times.
What readers, editors, and other authors are saying about The Assassination of Julius Caesar.
“A wonderful book” — Richard Wiebe
“A magnificent read” — Peter Livingston
“Fascinating . . . thrilling” — Colin Robinson
“Excellent, parts of it are great literature” — Carlo Ferretti
“Very impressive. It is a wonderful read! with a very effective use of humor” — Gregory Elich
“The most enjoyable work of classical history I have ever read.” —Mark Graham
“So interesting and well-written . . . endlessly fascinating.” — Marco Ugolini
“A fantastic book . . . beautifully written.”—Craig Murdock
“The Assassination of Julius Caesar is a major scholarly work and will surely be read and discussed for generations. It is history and historical analysis of the highest order and should not be missed by anyone with an inkling of historical curiosity.”—Drew Hunkins
discussion of the assassination of Gaius Julius Caesar is radically
enlightening. His presentation, like a fork of lightning, illumines
the history of Rome. It’s real and revelatory. I understand the
as I never before did. I can relate it to my life experiences and give
it heft and dimensions because Parenti writes of and documents
well the crucial forces that were at work. He makes clear what the “gentlemen
historians” with their upper class biases have so muddled. The
words flow clear, the concepts easily grasped. He has a sweet way
words. He adds a very useful appendix that enables one on their own
to penetrate into the scholarly resources available. An excellent
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