The Colgate Scene
September 2004

Robert Garland
(Bristol Phoenix Press)

Why is July the name of a month? Why is the minister combating drug abuse known as the "drug czar?" As this book maintains, Julius Caesar is quite simply the most famous Roman who ever lived, and his influence endures to the present day: in the Julian calendar of 365.25 days, which he introduced; in the geographical entities we call France, whose boundaries he established; and, as a result of his "invasion" in 55 BCE, his is virtually the first name in British history.

In this introductory account, Robert Garland seeks to explore the many facets of Caesar's complex character -- his vanity and vitality, his charisma and his cruelty. His astounding career and accomplishments are here set against the background of late republican Rome in order to provide an understanding not just of Caesar himself but of the violent and destructive world in which he grew up. The sources of his phenomenal rise to power and the deep unpopularity, which left him "one of the loneliest men alive," are examined in detail. Particular attention is given to the day of his death; for the ides of March is perhaps the only single day in antiquity that can be reconstructed on an almost hour-by-hour basis. Caesar's powerful legacy is also examined, as is his "reception" in European thought and culture from ancient times to the present day in a variety of media, including epic poetry, drama, fiction, and film. The book includes a short guide for further reading. — From the back cover

Robert Garland is Roy D. and Margaret Wooster Professor of the classics

Also of interest: Empire, an original musical, written by Caroline Sherman '87 and Bobby Hull, will have its East Coast premiere at the Stamford (Conn.) Center for the Arts' Rich Forum from September 17-26. (There will also be four special benefit performances from September 30-October 3.)

Empire is about the men and women who bravely embodied the American spirit during the dark days of the Great Depression by building what was then the tallest structure in the world, the Empire State Building. The West Coast production of Empire garnered three LA Theatre Ovation Award nominations, including Best Musical, and won the award for best choreography.

Colgate bestsellers at the Colgate Bookstore*


  1. Broadcast Rites and Sites — Joe Castiglione '69
  2. War is a Force that Gives us Meaning — Chris Hedges '79
  3. What Children Need When They Grieve — Julia Wilcox Rathkey '84
  4. They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven — Ken Baker '92
  5. 365 Prescriptions for the Soul — Bernie Siegel '53
  6. Common Nonsense — Andy Rooney '42
  7. The Proving Ground — G. Bruce Knecht '80
  8. American Dynasty — Kevin Phillips '61
  9. Nerve's Guide to Sex Etiquette for Ladies and Gentlemen — Lorelei Sharkey '94
  10. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors — Ann James Hornfischer '87


  1. Burning Tigris — Peter Balakian
  2. Black Dog of Fate — Peter Balakian
  3. Hartshorne Speaking — Holmes Hartshorne
  4. Memory of War — Frederick Busch
  5. June Tree — Peter Balakian
  6. The Book of the Year — Anthony Aveni
  7. Letters to a Fiction Writer — Frederick Busch
  8. The Last Settlers — Jennifer Brice
  9. The Night Inspector — Frederick Busch
  10. Progressive Muslims on Justice, Gender and Pluralism — Omid Safi
* (As of August 6, 2004)
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