Caesar Literary Qualities

Irwin Isenberg
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Isenberg writes in a clear and lively style, presenting Caesar's life and deeds in chronological order. He frequently supplies background information to help the reader understand events. For example, the biography describes the Roman army's organization and structure in the section on Caesar's conquest of Gaul. The author deftly weaves this information into the narrative so that the story keeps moving while the reader learns a good bit about Roman life.

The author does an excellent job of distinguishing historical fact from legend. He mentions the myths surrounding Caesar's life—such as the story that he was born by the first "Caesarian" surgery and the tale in which he morosely compares his own achievements to those of Alexander at the same age—and points out which are uncertain and which are almost certainly false.

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Caesar from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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