This splendid profile offers a radically new interpretation of one of the most controversial figures in history. The result of a comprehensive study of the ancient sources, this book paints an astonishingly detailed portrait of this complex man and the times in which he lived. The result is a rich biographical portrait of the dictator whose mission of Romanization lies at the very heart of modern Europe. By Luciano Canfora. University of California. Hardcover. 392 pages.