The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.42 X 9.42 X 0.93 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Peter Stothard is an author, journalist, and critic. He is a former editor of The Times of London and of The Times Literary Supplement. His books include Alexandria, The Last Nights of Cleopatra, and On the Spartacus Road, A Spectacular Journey through Ancient Italy.


Stothard... uses the fate of the assassins, and those closely identified with their cause, to give us a good history of the final years of the Republic...The Last Assassin is a great read for anyone unfamiliar with these events and will also prove valuable for serious students of the period. -- A. A. Nofi, StrategyPage

Clear and urgent as the day's news, The Last Assassin is a grim study of unintended consequences. It brings into sharp focus events that many of us only half-know, and tells a story sadder and more complex than we can imagine, giving a new life not only to Caesar and his killers but to the common people who filled the mass graves of the Roman wars. It is written with authority, passion and insight--a political thriller, and a human story that astonishes. --Hilary Mantel, author of The Mirror & the Light and Wolf Hall

Peter Stothard is a master of modern writing about ancient Rome. An implacable dictator cannot rest happy until each of his father's many killers is dead. A gripping history for today of how the assassins of Julius Caesar fell one-by-one, with ever fewer places to hide, before the vengeance of a would-be emperor. --Mary Beard, author of SPQR and Women & Power

A thrilling account of the vengeful manhunt for Julius Caesar's assassins. Most readers' knowledge of the assassination in 44 B.C.E. ends with the bloody deed, but Stothard brings its aftermath to pulsing life... Stothard writes as if he lives and breathes the air of this tumultuous time. His readers will feel, for a brief time, that they are there as well.
--Kirkus, Starred Review

A riveting, fast-paced thriller that makes one think of the brutal settling of scores at the end of The Godfather.--The Times (U.K.)

[A] gripping, gorgeously written new account of the killing and its consequences... Stothard explores the familiar ground with fresh, engaging and learned eyes, displaying a novelist's knack for redolent and evocative detail.--The Spectator (U.K)

[A] tense and thrilling narrative.--The Critic

The most page-turning account in recent memory... The story of this marginal figure reveals a great deal about the bigger changes of the period, as Stothard elegantly demonstrates.--Smithsonian Magazine

A writer of rare talent... he weaves a tense, fast-paced tale from the many strands of a turbulent era... The vigor of Mr. Stothard's prose, and the acuity of his insight, will propel many readers... into an ancient Roman world that is startlingly real.--Wall Street Journal

The excellent Last Assassin by Peter Stothard is a group biography of the killers of Julius Caesar... Stothard expertly guides us through the maze, in complete command of sources and narrative... The tale also is told with the genuine elegance we have come to expect from this author.--Times Literary Supplement

Stothard's short book is unlike any you may have read about the Ides and its aftermath.--Air Mail

The Last Assassin brings to vivid life the whole extended drama of the death of Julius Caesar and the rise of the young man who would become Augustus Caesar. It's a remarkable reframing of that familiar old story.--Christian Science Monitor

Stothard has woven a taut thriller.--Financial Times

The Last Assassin is the most immediate account of Caesar's murder I have ever read. Even though the outcome of the Ides of March is one everybody knows, Stothard manages to endow it with something of the urgency and tension of a thriller.--Tom Holland, New Statesman

Stothard writes with a poet's eye for atmosphere and a novelist's imagination in reconstructing events... All in all, this is a striking and evocative treatment of this transformative period.--BBC History Magazine

A light, swift, highly mobile narrative, fleshing out real characters by fictional means grounded in the author's sound, solid knowledge of his subject; a deft blend of narrative history and intelligent historical fiction.--The National Interest