Caesar, wearing his Corona Civica

I suppose about two thirds of this book is about Caesar, and it goes into quite some detail on the Gallic wars. Caesar was pre-eminent as a soldier, arguably one of the greatest tacticians ever, and incontrovertibly the greatest of his era. At the very beginning of his career, on the staff of a military legate, he was awarded the Corona Civica (a crown made of oak leaves as shown on the statue portrayed on the left) for saving the life of a citizen in battle. It entitled the holder to wear a crown of oak leaves on State occasions and to attend the Senate - and they all had to stand up and applaud as he entered. On his death he left a Rome incomparably greater than it was at his birth, and that bequest was to form the nucleus of the Roman Empire for the next 1,400 years.

The book tells the story of his life from birth to death, and uses his long opposition to Cato as a foil to his own achievements.

I hope you enjoy it!