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All Things Julius Caesar: An Encyclopedia of Caesar’s World and Legacy

All Things Julius Caesar: An Encyclopedia of Caesar’s World and Legacy allows its readers to make between people, places and events during, before and after Caesar’s Geography, biography lifetime. Many of the entries provide fact boxes focusing on particularly relevant snippets of and history information, whilst the longer essays provide important context. One such example can be found under the first entry, “Adriatic: a fact box RR 2016/200 on Caesar and Fortuna”, which reveals not only the practice of personification common to the All Things Julius Caesar: An Encyclopedia Greeks and Romans, but also why Caesar felt that of Caesar’s World and Legacy he was particularly favoured by fortune. The entry Michael Lovano on artistic descriptions contains, as one would ABC-Clio anticipate, some useful information, but it also made me smile with its description of Caesar not Santa Barbara, CA wishing to get his hands dirty as he spent so much time checking his hair. It is perhaps hard to ISBN 978 1 4408 0420 5 imagine such a powerful figure behaving in this URL: www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/ way, and whilst this is a comment from Plutarch product.aspx?pcA3939C on Cicero’s thoughts about Caesar, it works to Last visited April 2016 humanize him. Showing Caesar the man as well as Caesar the statesman and general, this is an Contact publisher for pricing information example of what the encyclopedia does so well. Also available as a 2 vol. printed set The entries present a man with whom we think we (ISBN 978 1 4408 0420 5 £124 $189) are familiar and add complexity to the picture, Keywords Ancient Rome, Biography, Julius Caesar whilst also helping us to fully understand who he Review DOI 10.1108/RR-04-2016-0103 was and what he did. Having said this, there is occasional superfluous detail – one additional text This title, reviewed here in its e-book version, is a box on the pizza chain “Little Caesar” adds little two-volume encyclopedic overview of the life of to the volume, but overall the information is Julius Caesar attempting to provide context for his relevant, well-researched and interestingly lifetime, along with material that relates to a period presented. immediately before his birth and then, by The inclusion, in the second volume of the extension, information about his lasting impact on primary documents is what, for me, marks this the Roman Empire. Over the two volumes, there work out as a superior resource. These allow any are 213 entries. Each is thematic and demonstrates user, having read one or more of the alphabetical Caesar’s wide-ranging influence as well as factors entries, to trace additional detail and link that influenced him. In considering the impact that scholarship to fact. It is also an opportunity that Caesar has had on the world since his death, the many would not otherwise have to read about encyclopedia includes modern plays, films, theatre Caesar in his own words and in the words of his productions and even computer games, taking contemporaries. Ideal for researchers, this is a very Caesar from the first century BCE up to the useful addition to the volumes. The world and life present and demonstrating the legacy that he of Julius Caesar is much expanded upon through created. What this encyclopedia does extremely the entries in this encyclopedia and researchers of well is show how relevant Caesar was and remains. all levels should find it a useful resource. Easy A general and a statesman, Caesar is probably one to access, well-illustrated, presented in a style that of the best-known figures from the ancient world allows for ease-of-use but above all, written and he continues to inspire today. authoritatively and with the aim of providing as Caesar was ambitious, well-travelled and an much detail as possible about this great man, his excellent politician. He made friends as well as achievements and his impact, this is a enemies, which was to be his ultimate downfall, well-researched and constructed companion to yet he also shaped the Roman Empire, paving the study. A minor criticism may be that it is too way for an unprecedented period of power and broad, attempting to give too much information leadership. If you thought that you knew who and as a result including some more tenuous links, Julius Caesar was and what he did, then this but it covers an important and key time in history, encyclopedia will surprise you, filling in gaps and one that has been influential and remains so. As revealing a considerable amount of additional such, it is an important addition to any library of detail. It is particularly helpful for the links it historical materials useful to researchers at all levels. Louise Ellis-Barrett Reference Reviews Head of Library, St John’s School, Volume 30 · Number 6 · 2016 · pp. 34 –40 © Emerald Group Publishing Limited · ISSN 0950-4125 Leatherhead, UK http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reference Reviews Emerald Publishing

All Things Julius Caesar: An Encyclopedia of Caesar’s World and Legacy

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allows its readers to make between people, places and events during, before and after Caesar’s Geography, biography lifetime. Many of the entries provide fact boxes focusing on particularly relevant snippets of and history information, whilst the longer essays provide important context. One such example can be found under the first entry, “Adriatic: a fact box RR 2016/200 on Caesar and Fortuna”, which reveals not only the practice of personification common to the All Things Julius Caesar: An Encyclopedia Greeks and Romans, but also why Caesar felt that of Caesar’s World and Legacy he was particularly favoured by fortune. The entry Michael Lovano on artistic descriptions contains, as one would ABC-Clio anticipate, some useful information, but it also made me smile with its description of Caesar not Santa Barbara, CA wishing to get his hands dirty as he spent so much time checking his hair. It is perhaps hard to ISBN 978 1 4408 0420 5 imagine such a powerful figure behaving in this URL: www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/ way, and whilst this is a comment from Plutarch product.aspx?pcA3939C on Cicero’s thoughts about Caesar, it works to Last visited April 2016 humanize him. Showing Caesar the man as well as Caesar the statesman and general, this is an Contact publisher for pricing information example of what the encyclopedia does so well. Also available as a 2 vol. printed set The entries present a man with whom we think we (ISBN 978 1 4408 0420 5 £124 $189) are familiar and add complexity to the picture, Keywords Ancient Rome, Biography, Julius Caesar whilst also helping us to fully understand who he Review DOI 10.1108/RR-04-2016-0103 was and what he did. Having said this, there is occasional superfluous detail – one additional text This title, reviewed here in its e-book version, is a box on the pizza chain “Little Caesar” adds little two-volume encyclopedic overview of the life of to the volume, but overall the information is Julius Caesar attempting to provide context for his relevant, well-researched and interestingly lifetime, along with material that relates to a period presented. immediately before his birth and then, by The inclusion, in the second volume of the extension, information about his lasting impact on primary documents is what, for me, marks this the Roman Empire. Over the two volumes, there work out as a superior resource. These allow any are 213 entries. Each is thematic and demonstrates user, having read one or more of the alphabetical Caesar’s wide-ranging influence as well as factors entries, to trace additional detail and link that influenced him. In considering the impact that scholarship to fact. It is also an opportunity that Caesar has had on the world since his death, the many would not otherwise have to read about encyclopedia includes modern plays, films, theatre Caesar in his own words and in the words of his productions and even computer games, taking contemporaries. Ideal for researchers, this is a very Caesar from the first century BCE up to the useful addition to the volumes. The world and life present and demonstrating the legacy that he of Julius Caesar is much expanded upon through created. What this encyclopedia does extremely the entries in this encyclopedia and researchers of well is show how relevant Caesar was and remains. all levels should find it a useful resource. Easy A general and a statesman, Caesar is probably one to access, well-illustrated, presented in a style that of the best-known figures from the ancient world allows for ease-of-use but above all, written and he continues to inspire today. authoritatively and with the aim of providing as Caesar was ambitious, well-travelled and an much detail as possible about this great man, his excellent politician. He made friends as well as achievements and his impact, this is a enemies, which was to be his ultimate downfall, well-researched and constructed companion to yet he also shaped the Roman Empire, paving the study. A minor criticism may be that it is too way for an unprecedented period of power and broad, attempting to give too much information leadership. If you thought that you knew who and as a result including some more tenuous links, Julius Caesar was and what he did, then this but it covers an important and key time in history, encyclopedia will surprise you, filling in gaps and one that has been influential and remains so. As revealing a considerable amount of additional such, it is an important addition to any library of detail. It is particularly helpful for the links it historical materials useful to researchers at all levels. Louise Ellis-Barrett Reference Reviews Head of Library, St John’s School, Volume 30 · Number 6 · 2016 · pp. 34 –40 © Emerald Group Publishing Limited · ISSN 0950-4125 Leatherhead, UK

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