The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome, by Michael Parenti

My Copy: 9781565849426 (image from bn.com) If there's one book about Ancient Rome that should be added to someone's bookshelf, it's most definitely this one. The Assassination of Julius Caesar is not a thick book, but contains so much that should at least be analyzed and taken into consideration. I love the title; it's perfect … Continue reading The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome, by Michael Parenti

“The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I suppose we can chalk the negativity you're about to read to some kind of "law of higher expectations." I expected to like this play, because I love history and I've read and heard a lot about Cleopatra and Marc Antony since I was young. Yes, everything was contradictory between fiction and non-fiction, and sources … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“Julius Caesar,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I have to say, maybe the story's so well known that it makes this play easier to understand than I thought it would be. Now I'm wondering why we never read the complete play when I was in school, though every 10th grader had to deal with it. Guess the teachers thought the parts after … Continue reading “Julius Caesar,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

The Gallic War, by Julius Caesar (trans. by Carolyn Hammond)

My Copy: 9780192835826 (image from goodreads.com) Two things made me pick up this book again after 15 years. The first was listening to Dan Carlin's latest Hardcore History episode called "The Celtic Holocaust." I actually have the same translation he used for his notes. And I really think it's funny that when I started re-reading this book, … Continue reading The Gallic War, by Julius Caesar (trans. by Carolyn Hammond)