The assassination of Julius Caesar : a people's history of ancient Rome
Transcription of Annotations
Front endpapers contain notes criticizing classical historians of the modern era for adopting the political biases of ancient historians and of those in the Roman aristocracy and of reiterating misinformation. In the author's opinion Caesar tried to redistribute wealth. Also included in the notes is a list of the names of Roman historians and aristocrats - Sulla, Cicero, Tiberius, Plutarch, Marcus Octavius, Appian, Claudius, Milo, Catiline, Marc Anthony, Cato (the younger), and Marcus Brutus, as well as a list of Latin terms, some of which include definitions, e.g. 'lex agraria' - a proposed law change regarding land reform, and 'optimates' - the highly conservative inner circle of wealthy and powerful aristocrats. The notes also list three forms of governance - kingship, aristocracy and democracy - and provide some information on Caesar's life and assassination. These questions and statements are part of the notes: "How republican was the Late Republic of Rome?" - "The film 'Gladiator': how is the Roman Senate portrayed?" - "Difference between Rome and Italy." - "Cato committed suicide in 46 B.C." - "After five centuries the Roman Republic came to an end under Augustus." - "What is [a] gentleman historian?" - "What is power - an end in itself?" - "How was Rome governed?" - "What was a senator?" - Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book. -- Examples: p. 32: "In Rome's Late Republic, as in any plutocracy, it was a disgrace to be poor and an honor to be rich." -- p. 58: "Senate oligarchs preserve the law as long as it serves the interests of wealth." - p. 84: "Cicero - a great favorite among historians." -- p. 158: Caesar did much the opposite. He initiated popular reforms, restored the tribunes' authority, avoided the use of terror, made alliances with popular leaders, divested the senatorial oligarchy of much of its power, and maintained the grain dole." -- p. 222: "In the highly skewed accounts of what is called history, Cicero, Brutus, Cato, and other oligarchs come down to us as the defenders of republican liberty; while Caesar - who tried to move against their power and privilege and do something for the poor - comes down to us as a tyrant and usurper."