- Hardcover: 752 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 21st printing edition (December 25, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671115006
- ISBN-13: 978-0671115005
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Caesar and Christ (The Story of Civilization III) Hardcover – December 25, 1980
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Let me introduce you to this remarkable man. Durant was a gifted Columbia philosophy student who earned a PhD in philosophy. He was a major teacher-staff member of a now forgotten, fascinating private school movement, The Modern School movement. He served primarily as a head foreign language teacher. A real scholar, Durant mastered six important languages. Durant wrote and published "The Story of Philosophy" in the 1920s. To his surprise, it was an instant best seller. Durant's prose style, bright mind, and sharp wit made the book a little classic that has never been out of print.Read more ›
However, if you are into Roman historical novels such as Colleen McCullough "First Man in Rome", "Grass Crown"..., Gore Vidal "Julian", Robert Graves "I, Claudius"..., Henryk K. Sienkiewicz "Quo Vadis"; Roman era fantasies such as Pauline Gedge "The Eagle and the Raven", Donna Gillespie "The Light Bearer", it definitely adds complimentary flavor to your reading by being aware of the political and social environment of Roman Empire. The chapters are not essentially in chronological layout, but, for example, a chapter devoted to Roman arts and letters, another for daily lives of the social classes. Whilst you are reading your novel in the middle and want to find out more about a particular topic, simply refer to the Index and the relevant chapters.
You would enjoy the novels, and possibly Shakespeare's "Anthony and Cleopatra", and the movies "Ben-Hur", "Spartacus", "The Fall of Roman Empire", "Gladiator" even more. And "Cleopatra" and "Quo Vadis" were made movies too.
The part of Early Christianity in the latter chapters, would help you in reading the Gospels, the Acts, and letters from Paul and the disciples. In the same manner, it helps you to appreciate more in reading Christian historical fictions such as Sholem Asch "The Nazarene" "The Apostle", Thomas Costain "The Silver Chalice".
An additional recommendation is Vol 4. "Age of Faith", sole focus of which is the discussion of the religions Judaism, Christianity, Islam in the Middle Ages.
"Caesar and Christ" is both detailed and readable. Although the history of the Roman Empire is covered from its origins, through the time of Julius Caesar and the subsequent emperors (all of which receive fairly detailed description), it is far more than a study of the political structure and intrigue of the empire. It also contains an account of the various peoples who, either through being native to the empire or through migration to the empire, contributed to making the Roman Empire what it was. Moreover, it describes as well the art, the literature, and the philosophies of the empire in great and interesting detail.
The book also admirably describes the development of Christianity from its origins in an obscure region in the eastern reaches of the empire to a faith that became a dominant force within that empire, despite the intermittent attempts of the rulers of the empire to stamp it out or at least to make it conform to the dictates of the state. Of course, this story is one that is told in many books on church history, but none does a better job than does "Caesar and Christ."
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Just finished it! Will and Ariel Durant know how to bring history to life.Published 15 months ago by Robert Carley
Bought this to complete my set. Great condition and was so glad to be able to find it. Great condition with fast shipping.Published on February 14, 2014 by Jean Farnham
The authors, Will and Arial Durant, have written (1944 published) a historical "novel" of the founding of the Roman Republic. Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Edward Michael
This book was to replace one fo the same title that had been lost from the others. Thank you very muchPublished on January 14, 2013 by Kay Hester
I've listened to the first half of this volume twice as an audio book and the second half once. Now, reading through the book allows me to highlight significant passages to use in... Read morePublished on November 17, 2012 by Rational Shopper, Ph.D.