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There Is No End

Enthusiastic about his subject, Robin Lane Fox traces Alexander's military expedition from Macedon to India and back to Babylon. Fox's strengths are his command of the sources and his willingness to challenge existing interpretations. Fox is uncritical of Alexander's aggression and cruelty, seeing these through (as far as he can) the mores of Alexander's own time. more...

We understand the life of Julius Caesar with the benefit of our knowledge of subsequent history — the fall of the republic and the later establishment of the empire. Yet to understand his life, we must set aside that knowledge and see how Caesar and his contemporaries understood his life, as it happens. Meier's life, translated from the German, attempts a new approach. This biography of Caesar is a mixture: a history of Rome during the late Republic, a meditation on 'greatness' using Caesar as an object case, an attempt to understand Caesar as a person, a study of causation in history, and a biography. more...