Caesar: Life of a Colossus

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"Hail, Caesar!" they still cry in the movies as once they saluted in the heart of ancient Rome and on battlefields from Gaul to Syria.

Julius Caesar — general, consul, dictator — is one of the most magnetic and controversial figures in all of history. Few have matched his power, his military and political genius, his glory - and his infamy. He raised an empire, and destroyed a democratic republic. Many look for lessons in his story today.

British historian Adrian Goldsworthy is out with an acclaimed new biography of the man proclaimed a god in the Roman Senate, and killed in the Roman Senate.

He came, he saw, he conquered — we're looking again at Julius Caesar.


Adrian Goldsworthy, historian of Ancient Rome. He is author of the new biography "Caesar: Life of a Colossus." Other books include "The Complete Roman Army," "The Fall of Carthage," and "In the Name of Rome."

This program aired on September 15, 2006.


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