About the Author
Maria Wyke has taught classics at the universities of
Oxford, Cambridge, and Reading, and she currently holds the chair
of Latin at University College London.
"Wyke has gathered together a splendid array of Caesarian
traditions, reminiscences, and arguments in Western culture, high
and low. . . . The material assembled in Caesar will warm
the hearts of many students of the ancient world, with its repeated
demonstration that Caesar's career has made such an impact in so
many different media over the last two millennia."
--Mary Beard "New York Review of Books"
Ms. Wyke's concern is how we have created and adapted Caesar's
image and historical importance over the past 2,000 years--from
Caesar's camp at Arles to Caesars Palace, Las Vegas; from
Mussolini, seeking a Caesarian mandate for his own grand ambitions,
to Asterix, using the Roman dictator for satirical purposes in
comic-book form; from the Caesar coins minted in tribute by Brutus
(before he revised his opinion) to the taunts leveled at George W.
Bush as an empire-seeker in recent years.--Peter Stothard, Wall
--Peter Stothard "Wall Street Journal" (8/18/2008