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Why Did They Kill Caesar?

If Caesar was such a brilliant general and wise leader, why did they kill him? Because with his army he overthrew the Roman Republic and set himself up as dictator. Shakespeare, taking off on Plutarch’s biography, makes him into a … Continue reading

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No Place Like Toledo, Spain

There is no place like it in all the world. Look at El Greco’s unforgettable painting first. Then this photograph: The whole city is a sort of natural castle with a moat, the Tagus River, in a deep gorge around … Continue reading

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Caesar’s Greatest Battle (Part 4)

The Gauls found a weak point in Caesar’s defences. Sketch of the Battle of Alesia, drawn by Muriel Gottrop  (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0 Generic license photo) The ground around Alesia wasn’t all flat. One of the hills was so … Continue reading

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