Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword
Like this
35Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Why Write Another Novel About Caesar?

Why Write Another Novel About Caesar?

Ratings:

5.0

(2)
|Views: 45 |Likes:
Published by Philip Katz
I set out to write Imperator because I felt I could bring a unique layman’s point of view to the subject of Caesar and the fall of the Roman Republic, free from the traditional dogmatic approach taken by the academic community. In addition I believe the tale of the fall of the Roman Republic is a timely and relevant cautionary tale for us in 21st century America.
I set out to write Imperator because I felt I could bring a unique layman’s point of view to the subject of Caesar and the fall of the Roman Republic, free from the traditional dogmatic approach taken by the academic community. In addition I believe the tale of the fall of the Roman Republic is a timely and relevant cautionary tale for us in 21st century America.

More info:

Published by: Philip Katz on Jan 29, 2011
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reserved

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOCX, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

03/01/2012

pdf

text

original

 
 
Why Write Another Novel About Caesar?
ByPhilip Katzthe Author of Imperator 
I set out to write Imperator because I felt I could bring a unique layman¶s point of view to thesubject of Caesar and the fall of the Roman Republic, free from the traditional dogmaticapproach taken by the academic community. In addition I believe the tale of the fall of theRoman Republic is a timely and relevant cautionary tale for us in 21
st
century America.It is far too simplistic to attribute Caesar¶s vast accomplishments to ambition and lust for absolute power alone. While Caesar was referred to commonly as tyrant and was allegedlyassassinated for the same reason, Caesar never altered the Republican form of government whichhe is accused of destroying. Closer examination of the facts presented in the extant sources onlymake sense when seen in context of an extremely complex personality capable of great
 
compassion for individuals and what was seemingly cold disregard for the lives of millions. Inthe pages of Imperator a character comes into focus from the extant documents of the periodtaking into account just how subjective these accounts were. In fact most of the sources for the period, with the notable exception of Caesar¶s own writings and those of the orator Cicero, werewritten many years after the events that took place in the time of Caesar and were written bythose opposed to the factions to whom Caesar belonged. The story of Caesar must be viewedwithin the context of the unique time in which he lived and the unique situation into which hewas born.My interest in Roman Republican history began with the BBC¶s production of Graves¶ ³IClaudius´ and McCullough¶s ³Masters of Rome´ series of novels and continued over ten yearsof avid reading on the subject finally bringing me to Italy in 2005. It was after I visited Italy andthe Forum Romanum in particular, that I was inspired to write Imperator.Any relevant work about Republican Rome must be derived from the city¶s long history andcomplex religious practices. For the story of Imperator the principle research is from extanthistories from the subject period of the story, first century BC Rome, and is supported by thearchaeological and literary records including the vast amount of modern scholarship on thesubject.The principle literary sources from the period for the historical frame work, upon which theImperator series was constructed, are the works of Appian of Alexandria writing in the Imperial period of the second century AD and Plutarch, a Greek writing in the second half of the firstcentury AD again in the Imperial period. They clearly wrote from a point of view prevalentcenturies after the events about which they write. It must be assumed by the reader that Plutarchand Appian relied upon sources, such as the writings of Sulla and Polio, which no longer exist towhich they explicitly added their own interpretation of events. Caesar¶ ³Gallic Wars´ and ³CivilWars´ and Cicero¶s ³Letters to Atticus´ and ³Selected Political Speeches´ are the principleextant contemporary accounts of the events of their lifetimes.For historical background for early Rome I rely heavily on the Romans Livy and Virgil writingin the time of Augustus in the first century BC. And again we have ³Plutarch¶s Lives´ and thework of another Greek, Polybius¶ ³The Rise of The Roman Empire´ written in the middle of thesecond century BC. No book about the Roman Empire could be written without building a strong geographicalcontext around the story. For this I relied mainly upon on Michael Grant¶s ³A Guide to theAncient World´ and the Encyclopedia Britannica¶s World Atlas. In addition I referred toJacquetta Hawkes¶ ³Atlas of Ancient Archaeology´.Imperator was very much the product of the massive proliferation of information that is theinternet and our digital age. While the vast majority of information included in Imperator camefrom the pages of real books, globes and atlases I was also able to gather vast amounts of 

Activity (35)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 hundred reads
7BILLIONHUMANBEING added this note
terrific read write look forward to reading more thanks
The Trashy Novel Corp added this note
Why not write another novel about Caesar? Still reading mine!
7BILLIONHUMANBEING added this note
reads writes are always welcome thanks
The Trashy Novel Corp added this note
Can't believe its avail for Free! Go Get em Philip! Hope to see more of these in the future.
Philip Katz liked this
Philip Katz liked this
Philip Katz liked this
Philip Katz liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->