By Miriam Griffin

ISBN-10: 1444308459

ISBN-13: 9781444308457

A significant other to Julius Caesar contains 30 essays from top students interpreting the existence and after lifetime of this nice polarizing figure.

Explores Caesar from numerous views: army genius, ruthless tyrant, marvelous flesh presser, top quality orator, subtle guy of letters, and more.
Utilizes Caesar’s personal extant writings.
Examines the viewpoints of Caesar’s contemporaries and explores Caesar’s portrayals by way of artists and writers in the course of the a long time.

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Vell. Pat. 4). In that same eventful year, as we have seen, Caesar gained his remarkable elevation to the post of Pontifex Maximus, a lifetime appointment. It causes no surprise to learn that this stunning victory came at the expense of the eminent Q. Catulus, a staunch opponent of Pompey’s eastern commands until his objections were overborne (Cic. Imp. Pomp. 51, 59–61; Vell. Pat. 36a). The influence of Pompey and his friends was surely not irrelevant in Caesar’s success. But Caesar’s rise to eminence involved more than just alliances and alignments.

11). As to the close associations with Bovillae, it needs to be pointed out that there is no record of any contact between the Iulii and Bovillae before this inscription, and indeed no record, literary or epigraphic, after it down to Augustus (see below). The gens, of course, had had many centuries in which to show an interest in Bovillae, but apart from this text and monument, no such interest appears – not even by Caesar, who proudly proclaimed his ancestry on suitable occasions (see below). We must look for a different explanation, bearing directly on this text.

But this success story required more than charm and flash. Connections of an unusual variety, quality, and effectiveness, sedulously cultivated, and positions taken that appealed across a broad spectrum must be included in the reckoning. Caesar followed no formulaic line that would place him consistently in one political camp or another. Nor does it help to apply labels such as popularis, ‘‘anti-Sullan,’’ or indeed ‘‘outsider’’ (as Meier 1995: 130–2, 149–50; Baltrusch 2004: 44–8, 51). His family had not, to be sure, wielded authority of a high order in recent generations.

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