Posted by: Andrew | March 1, 2011

Hail Caesar

I’ve just finished Adrian Goldsworthy’s biography of Julius Caesar. Great book and what an amazing man (Caesar that is, although I’m sure Adrian is charming too). He had a certain, fairly violent way of getting what he wanted but he was savvy enough to know how to make friends and loyal subjects out of conquered enemies, and demonstrated remarkable clemency at times that would shame many a leader today. Well worth a read.

Because I never like to go for more than a few hours between books I’ve now started reading Colossians Remixed by Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat.  If you’re not sure what this is about it’s a commentary on the Biblical book Colossians that was written by St. Paul to churches in Colossae in the first century AD when they were facing some persecution by the Roman authorities.

I wasn’t planning to read these books back to back but it’s fascinating reading about the Roman empire from the point of view of the rulers and the (reluctantly) ruled.  Although I don’t agree with everything Brian and Sylvia say especially about contemporary society it’s an interesting take on Colossians and might well lead to more posts here.

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