Friday, March 13, 2009

I told him, "Julie, don't go"!

The Ides of March are approaching. Julius Caesar ignored the soothsayer's warning and as a result we've been wary of this day ever since.

The Ides of March, by Thornton Wilder - A classic novel about the months leading up to Caesar's assassination.
The Triumph of Caesar, by Steven Saylor - A historical mystery in which Gordanius the Finder is engaged by Calpurnia to learn who is plotting against her husband.
Augustus, by John Williams -
A mere eighteen years of age when his uncle, Julius Caesar, is murdered, Octavius Caesar prematurely inherits rule of the Roman Republic.
Emperor: The Death of Kings, by Conn Iggulden- Here, we see the earlier life of Julius Caesar as he is distinguishing himself as a young officer.

Or maybe your interests are more Shakespearean in nature.
Mistress Shakespeare, by Karen Harper - The story of Shakespeare and his secret wife Anne Whately.
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, 1599, by James Shapiro - Nonfiction this time, 1599 was an important year in Shakespeare's life. It left its mark upon several of his major works including Julius Caesar.
The Book of Air and Shadows, by Michael Gruber - A literary thriller involving a search for a never seen Shakespearean play.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm currently reading A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and am enjoying it - it is quite an interesting read.

    As a huge fan of Shakespeare I feel it neccessary to suggest (in the Ides of March vein) Shakespeare's plays Julius Caesar and Antony And Cleopatra. Julius Caesar is probably one of my favourite Shakespeare plays.

    I would also definitely recommend the HBO television series Rome - it is fantastic!