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By Miriam Griffin

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A better half to Julius Caesar contains 30 essays from top students studying the lifestyles and after lifetime of this nice polarizing figure.

Explores Caesar from quite a few views: army genius, ruthless tyrant, remarkable baby-kisser, firstclass 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 by means of artists and writers during the a long time.

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The question is too complicated to be discussed here. I wish to thank Professor John T. Ramsey for looking at an early draft of this chapter and correcting some errors. Any that remain are not his fault. Comp. 3d CHAPTER THREE Caesar as a Politician Erich S. Gruen In the year 63 BC Julius Caesar achieved an astounding political victory. He was a mere thirty-seven years old, not yet even of praetorian rank. But he gained election, purportedly by an overwhelming margin, to the post of Pontifex Maximus, defeating in the process two considerably older and more eminent candidates, P.

He must have refrained from using it for political effect, perhaps because the memory of Cinna was unlikely to arouse enthusiasm anywhere; and in any case, there would be no application to himself (familia nostra). Yet the banned imago of L. Cinna, Caesar’s early promoter (whose family, of course, was much more distinguished than Marius’), must also have been considerable, even if he could in no way match the glory and popularity of Marius. Caesar could leave for Spain well satisfied with the way he had turned personal misfortune to good political effect, and the way he had used what generations of Iulii had made possible.

But he counseled caution and restraint in punishing the plotters, urging a dispassionate decision on the model of Rome’s forefathers. Among other things, Caesar pointed to the excesses of the Sullan years when too many Romans suffered unjust executions and confiscations of property, a path to be shunned. He had associated himself with that motif more than once in the past. If the senate is to run roughshod over established procedures, however justified that might be in this case, it would set perilous precedents for the future (Sall.

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