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History of Julius Caesar

Jacob Abbott

Book Overview: 

Gaius Julius Caesar was a Roman general and statesman. He played a critical role in the gradual transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. This book chronicles the extraordinary life and leadership of Rome’s Emperor Julius Caesar, from his early years to his assassination.

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. . .commerce, and cultivated the arts, and encouraged literature, and enforced a general quiet and peace among mankind, allowing of no violence or war except what they themselves created. Thus they governed the world, and they felt, as all governors of mankind always do, fully entitled to supply themselves with the comforts and conveniences of life, in consideration of the service which they thus rendered.

Caesar's policy.

Of course, it was to be expected that they would sometimes quarrel among themselves about the spoils. Ambitious men were always arising, eager to obtain opportunities to make fresh conquests, and to bring home new supplies, and those who were most successful in making the results of their conquests available in adding to the wealth and to the public enjoyments of the city, would, of course, be most popular with the voters. Hence extortion in the provinces, and the most profuse and lavish expenditure in the city, became the po. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A definite critical and brief history read for history fanatics.

Jacob Abbott wrote a series of histories of great historical figures around the turn of the 20th century. This one, about Julius Caesar is one of the best. Abbott provides great details in his books which are short and to the point. Something I liked about this book is that it contains details I...more

I enjoyed this edition of Abbott's history series, perhaps because it is a fairly simple read and makes Caesar accessible without sacrificing too much of the historical record. Caesar was a fascinating leader and continues to capture the imagination. I found Abbott's account of his earlier life i...more

History of Julius Caesar by Jacob Abbott

Though written roughly 100 years ago, it was still an excellent overview of Caesar's life and times. I was already somewhat familiar with his history, but this book went into more detail in areas I wasn't as familiar by highlighting major events in his life...more

Wonderful short read about Julius Caesar his genius and his folly. The book almost makes you sympathize with the assassinators as who would want to be ruled by a tyrant dictator king. Then again, it reminds us that from the point of view of the individual citizens not in power, one leader is and...more

great easy to read biography of fascinating man

It is a short book about a great man. I enjoyed the reading and lessons learned from it. I do recommend it!

Made me want to read Caesar's work on the Gallic wars.

Dry but thorough. Easy read, maybe junior high level.

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