Intrigue, murder, and class struggle at the heart of the Roman Empire. Most historians, both ancient and modern, have viewed the Late Republic of Rome through the eyes of its rich nobility. In The Assassination of Julius Caesar, Michael Parenti presents us with a story of popular resistance against entrenched power and wealth. As he carefully weighs the evidence concerning the murder of Caesar, Parenti sketches in the background to the crime with fascinating detail about wider Roman society. In these pages we find reflections on the democratic struggle waged by Roman commoners, religious augury as an instrument of social control, the patriarchal oppression of women, and the political use of homophobic attacks. The Assassination of Julius Caesar offers a whole new perspective on an era we thought we knew well.
"Scintillating storytelling and deeply examined historical insight. . . . An important alternative to the usual views of Caesar and the Roman Empire."
"A highly accessible and entertaining addition to history. . . . It breathes contempt for the rich of ancient Rome and their apologists hiding in classical studies departments today."
"A novel approach."
|Introduction: Tyrannicide or Treason?||p. 1|
|Gentlemen's History: Empire, Class, and Patriarchy||p. 13|
|Slaves, Proletarians, and Masters||p. 27|
|A Republic for the Few||p. 45|
|"Demagogues" and Death Squads||p. 59|
|Cicero's Witch-hunt||p. 85|
|The Face of Caesar||p. 113|
|"You All Did Love Him Once"||p. 131|
|The Popularis||p. 149|
|The Assassination||p. 167|
|The Liberties of Power||p. 187|
|Bread and Circuses||p. 205|
|A Note on Pedantic Citations and Vexatious Names||p. 223|
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Series: New Press People's History Ser.
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th August 2004
Publisher: The New Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 13.5 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1