Caesar's Legacy. Civil War and the Emergence of the Roman Empire.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (...), 2008. 4th corr.ed. XII,440p. Paperback.'Josiah Osgood (hence O.) offers us the first real attempt to provide a comprehensive picture of the triumviral period, to hear the forgotten voices of those who experienced that apocalyptic pandemonium and felt the final relief of the principate. As he shows from the outset, providing a narrative of the time was problematic even in antiquity (the emperor Claudius was discouraged from writing about it, and there are famous silences in the Res Gestae). From the start it must be stated that I feel that O. has succeeded in creating something useful, original and noteworthy. (...) O. has, in general, written a very good book. He manifests a remarkable enthusiasm to embrace as many types of sources and perspectives as possible, and does so gracefully. At times, he uses comparative evidence to round out the picture, such as when he draws from the denunciation files from Nazi Germany to illuminate the proscriptions, and later compares Octavian's propaganda campaign before Actium to the American dehumanization of their Japanese enemies in WWII. His book represents the type of scholarship one would like to see more of. (...) In his first book, Mr. Osgood provides an admirable demonstration of original scholarship, and he is to be warmly congratulated.' (J.A. LOBUR in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.10.30).