The Young Caesar Author:Rex Warner Novelist and scholar Rex Warner's extraordinary biographical novel, THE YOUNG CAESAR, resounds with the tumult and savagery of the last years of the Roman Republic. Through the cold, measuring eye of the mature Caesar, who narrates the story of his youth and his rise to power, the world of Rome comes to life. — The great consuls, senators, and c... more »ommanders are seen as they struggle for control and then one by one go down in the violent currents of civil war: the formidable general Pompey; the legalistic orator and self-made man Cicero; the narrow-minded prig Cato; Caesar's tyrannical uncle, Marius; the financial manipulator Crassus; the cold, heartless Sulla; and a gallery of other notable and lesser Roman figures. Rex Warner's canvas is a broad one, and we see the way democracy functioned in Rome, its excesses and strengths, and the conflict between the reactionary senators and public heroes.
To his comtemporaries, few men seemed less destrined for supremacy in the Roman state than Julius Caesar. He came late in the arena of politics, rumors of scandal surrounded his name, and he was enormously in debt. Worst of all, he was the nephew of the dictator, Marius, whose enemies after his death were ben on exterminating everyone associated with his cause.
The emergence of the young Caesar into fame and notoriety -- and his dazzling, contradictory character-- are revealed with vigor and immediacy to the reader. More ambitious and farseeing than any of his contemporaries, Caesar planned carefully and slowly. Wher others strove to win control of Rome, Caesar's imagination was fixed on ruling the world.« less
Fiction in the form of a memoir, Caesar looks back on his life on the eve of the Ides of March. We meet major characters and events leading up to his governorship of Gaul, but stops before his great conquests that led to his crossing the Rubicon and to a Roman Dictatorship.
Warner successfully captures the turbulent events of Caesar's youth and how they may have shaped him. Warner paints a believable portrait of Caesar.