HAIL, CAESAR! by Fletcher Pratt


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If Time Magazine had been in existence during the life of Julius Caesar this is the way he would have been presented. The style is colloquial, modern, spirited. The picture given of Caesar is that of a radical, entirely out of step with the capitalists and conservatives of his day, unpopular with many of his peers, willing to sacrifice almost anything for his principles, and sincerely reluctant to accept the necessity of a personal dictatorship. An interesting sidelight -- compare with Golden Peacock, the Atherton book on the Augustan Age, with Phyllis Bentley's Freedom, Farewell ! The three books come within a month of each other. Personally, I like this the least of the three. Non-fiction, it yet gives one no more sense of factual presentation than the Bentley book, and the ultra- modern style seem inauspicious and rather irritating. Illustrated with 30 drawings by Da Osimo and 13 relief maps. Sell as biography and modernized classical history, on the strength of Ordeal by Fire.

Pub Date: March 9th, 1936
Publisher: Smith & Haas