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Unraveling the many mysteries surrounding the murder of Julius Caesar
The assassination of Julius Caesar is one of the most notorious murders in
history. Two thousand years after it occurred, many compelling questions remain
about his death: Was Brutus the hero and Caesar the villain? Did Caesar bring
death on himself by planning to make himself king of Rome? Was Mark Antony
aware of the plot, and let it go forward? Who wrote Antony's script after
Caesar's death? Using historical evidence to sort out these and other puzzling
issues, historian and award-winning author Stephen Dando-Collins takes you to
the world of ancient Rome and recaptures the drama of Caesar's demise and the
chaotic aftermath as the vicious struggle for power between Antony and Octavian
unfolded. For the first time, he shows how the religious festivals and customs
of the day impacted on the way the assassination plot unfolded. He shows, too,
how the murder was almost avoided at the last moment.
A compelling history that is packed with intrigue and written with the pacing
of a first-rate mystery, The Ides will challenge what you think you know about
Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire.