By Miriam Griffin
A better half to Julius Caesar includes 30 essays from major students studying the lifestyles and after lifetime of this nice polarizing figure.
Explores Caesar from a number of views: army genius, ruthless tyrant, superb flesh presser, top notch orator, refined guy of letters, and more.
Utilizes Caesar’s personal extant writings.
Examines the viewpoints of Caesar’s contemporaries and explores Caesar’s portrayals through artists and writers in the course of the a while.
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Extra resources for A Companion to Julius Caesar (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)
They had now had to pay for Caesar three times: first to free him from the pirates; then to give him a force to defeat the pirates; and now for a force to enable him to fight against Mithridates’ advance guard. Yet Caesar, although no doubt known to them as the son of a recent proconsul, was a young man with no official standing and no authority to make demands on them. We begin to understand why some of the cities were glad to escape from Roman demands and to embrace a hope of better treatment under Mithridates.
The record is respectable, but by no means distinguished, even if we add a dictatorship (352), a tenure of the censorship (393), and a turn as magister equitum to a dictator (431). With one exception (C. Iulius Mento, consul 431, on whom see further below), the Iulii of this period all, or persons we know, bear the cognomen Iullus. ) The chances are that Mento also belonged to these Iulli and tried to found a family of his own. His name does not recur. None of these early Iulii shows any attachment to Aeneas or to Venus.
Iulius Iullus, censor in 393. 575). It is an attractive (perhaps an almost inevitable) hypothesis that L. Iulius Libo, consul 267, was a great-grandson of the dictator of 352 and would provide a bridge between the Iulii Iulli and the Iulii Caesares – a connection that the Caesares were to claim. Even if we inevitably discount the claimed descent from Venus, the real line thus goes back to the beginning of the Republic in the highest offices. This at last brings us to the Caesares. Which Iulius at what time chose to adopt what had been a praenomen (see Auct.
A Companion to Julius Caesar (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Miriam Griffin