paints the picture so elegantly in his 'Roman History': 'Because of the insatiable lust for power' by these former allies, 'Rome was being compelled to fight both in her own defense and against herself, so that even if victorious, she would be vanquished.' And at the battle of Pharsalus in 48 BC, Caesar saw the end of Pompey, his former ally.
How we manage to move from Ovid to Cassius Dio
in the span of one sentence--as if all of these authors were next door to each other in the same moment of intellectual rapture--defies comprehension.
's Forgotten History of Early Rome: The Roman History, Books 1-21
When Boudica led her rebellion against the Roman occupation of her land in c.AD60, the historian Cassius Dio
remembered it thus: "All this ruin was brought upon the Romans by a woman, the fact which in itself caused them the greatest shame."
"She was huge of frame, terrifying of aspect and with a harsh voice," wrote Roman Cassius Dio
. "A great mass of bright red hair fell to her knees.
As writer Cassius Dio
recorded at the time: "They dwell in tents, naked and unshod, possess their women in common."
According to Cassius Dio
, 120,000 were present at the war summit.
We know so much about them because they were witnessed, recorded, and vilified by the senator and historian, Cassius Dio
. Toner's little book tries to put Commodus's gladiatorial interests into context.
Though Caesar's Blood reads as fluidly as a novel, it is a work of pure nonfiction, drawing upon the writings of ancient historians including Sallust, Tacitus, Cassius Dio
, Suetonius, and more.
Williams tells the saga of the Caesar family and the triumphs and disasters of its members through the work of ancient historians Sallust, Tacitus, Cassius Dio
, Suetonius, and others.
. Historiae Romanae (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press).