Julius Caesar

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life, work and reputation of Julius Caesar. Famously assassinated as he entered the Roman senate on the Ides of March, 44 BC, Caesar was an inspirational general who conquered much of Europe. He was a ruthless and canny politician who became dictator of Rome, and wrote The Gallic Wars, one of the most admired and studied works of Latin literature. Shakespeare is one of many later writers to have been fascinated by the figure of Julius Caesar.

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  • Christopher Pelling No other episodes
    Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford
  • Catherine Steel 5 episodes
    Professor of Classics at the University of Glasgow
  • Maria Wyke 8 episodes
    Professor of Latin at University College London

Reading list

  • Roman Republics
    Harriet Flower (Princeton University Press, 2009) Google Books →
  • Caesar
    Adrian Goldsworthy (Phoenix, 2007) Google Books →
  • A Companion to Julius Caesar
    Miriam Griffin (ed.) (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) Google Books →
  • Always I Am Caesar
    W. Jeffrey Tatum (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) Google Books →
  • Et tu, Brute? The Murder of Caesar and Political Assassination
    Greg Woolf (Profile Books, 2006) Google Books →
  • Caesar: A Life in Western Culture
    Maria Wyke (Granta, 2007) Google Books →
  • Caesar in the USA
    Maria Wyke (University of California Press, 2012) Google Books →
  • Julius Caesar: New Critical Essays
    Horst Zander (ed.) (Routledge, 2005) Google Books →

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