Caesar: A Biography

Caesar: A Biography

Caesar: A Biography

Caesar: A Biography

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This book disregards all but the human features of the vast figure of Caesarian legend, which tends to reduce his stature to the level that Nature has assigned to all mortals. It probably will be said that the picture is too suggestive of modern times. That is not my fault. My one care in presenting it has been to maintain uninterrupted contact with Caesar and his times and to keep close to the ancient sources. It is not for me to draw conclusions from this study which only records the stages of a life and stops when that life comes to an end--when the human being dies. The god-like creature, symbolising the perpetual incarnation of human power which will torture the world as long as there are men to inhabit it, is outside the range of this book which, I repeat, is only a simple historical account. I have tried to make it as clear and readable as possible. That is why I have not introduced notes and references into the text. They will be found at the end, arranged by chapters. I have also tried to help my readers find their way, if they are tempted to enter the tangle of controversy with which the combined and tireless efforts of modern historians have surrounded the person and work of Caesar. That is why this study ends with a methodical examination of Caesarian bibliography. I plead guilty in advance to all the lacunae and omissions which critics are sure to discover in my work. It remains for them to do better.

Gérard Walter . . .

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