Lev Grossman at Time calls Barry Strauss “A Deft Portraitist”

March 16, 2015

Lev Grossman of Time writes of The Death of Caesar by Barry Strauss:

“[A] compelling, clarifying account of one of history’s most dramatic assassinations…Strauss deploys his sources judiciously: he explains their biases and blind spots and when and how they disagree…Although he’s an academic, Strauss has, like Caesar, the common touch: he conveys the complexity of late republican Roman politics while keeping up a lively pace. He’s also a deft portraitist. Roman history can read like an endless parade of marble statues, but in The Death of Caesar, the players are all vibrant individuals, and none more so than Caesar himself.” Lev Grossman, Time