Julius Caesar turned military victories into political power. His ambition created a colossal empire, and he gave his name to the rulers who succeeded him. He has been a symbol of power and majesty for 2,000 years. But to his countryman, Caesar was an upstart, a gambler and a tyrant who destroyed the Roman Republic and paved the way for the rule of emperors. From his strategic brilliance to the Ides of March, I Caesar examines the legendary ruler whose genius and determination forged an empire that would stand for centuries.