All Things Julius Caesar
An Encyclopedia of Caesar's World and Legacy
by Michael Lovano
December 2014, 956pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0420-5
$189, £140, 158€, A270
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Julius Caesar served to inspire titles of rulers like the Kaisers of Germany.

Julius Caesar's life and example have fascinated and motivated generations of people for nearly 2,000 years. This book explores the people, places, events, and institutions that helped define arguably the most famous individual in the history of Rome.

Far from being “ancient history,” Roman history and culture from the time of Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire have surprising parallels with the political strife and societal issues in 21st-century life. Interest and awareness have also been bolstered by recent successful Hollywood films as well as television series that depict Roman history. All Things Julius Caesar: An Encyclopedia of Caesar’s World and Legacy provides a unique reference on topics and themes related to the life and times of Julius Caesar. It offers historically accurate information about what he did—and did not—do, and examines his impact on later eras via images and idealized depictions of him popularized in literature and other media up to the present.

The approximately 200 entries in this two-volume set are organized alphabetically according to topic or theme—for example, individuals such as Marc Antony, places such as the province of Gaul, events such as Roman elections or battles in the Civil War, and institutions such as Roman classes, slavery, patrons, and clients. The entries cover all the territories of the Roman Empire during Caesar’s time, from Britain to Egypt. The set includes primary documents such as excerpts from ancient letters, essays, and biographies and supplements the text with images and maps. The bibliography provides print and electronic resources suitable for high school and college student research as well as further reading for general audiences.

Features

  • Presents information on Julius Caesar that high school students, undergraduates, and general readers will find accessible and useful
  • Provides an encyclopedic scope and broad coverage as well as detailed, specific focus on particular topics and themes from Caesar's world
  • Relates the relevance of the Roman experience from millennia ago to modern-day social and political issues
Michael Lovano, PhD, is assistant professor of history at St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI. Previously, he was visiting assistant professor at Pepperdine University and lecturer in the Departments of Classics and History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Additionally, he served as the instructor of overseas summer programs in Rome, Italy, for both the University of California, Los Angeles, and Loyola Marymount University/Loyola University Chicago. His published works include a book on Julius Caesar's father-in-law entitled The Age of Cinna, the chapter "Tacitus' Annals" in the collection Classical Literature and Its Times, and the chapter “Rome: A Story of Conflict" in The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World. Lovano earned his doctorate in history at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Reviews

"Recommended for libraries serving undergraduates and high-school students."—Booklist, March 10, 2015

"Lovano has designed this work to appeal to high school students and others beginning to explore classical history, and it is well suited for those levels. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-level undergraduates."—Choice, May 7, 2015

"This is a well-researched and constructed companion to study. . . [C]overs an important and key time in history, one that has been influential and remains so. As such, it is an important addition to any library of historical materials useful to researchers at all levels."—Reference Reviews, December 7, 216
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