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A Companion to Julius Caesar

Miriam Griffin (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-119-06235-6
536 pages
July 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Julius Caesar comprises 30 essays from leading scholars examining the life and after life of this great polarizing figure.
  • Explores Caesar from a variety of perspectives: military genius, ruthless tyrant, brilliant politician, first class orator, sophisticated man of letters, and more
  • Utilizes Caesar’s own extant writings
  • Examines the viewpoints of Caesar’s contemporaries and explores Caesar’s portrayals by artists and writers through the ages
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Table of Contents

List of Figures viii

Notes on Contributors x

Preface xvi

Reference Works: Abbreviated Titles xviii

1 Introduction 1

Part I Biography: Narrative 9

2 From the Iulii to Caesar 11
Ernst Badian

3 Caesar as a Politician 23
Erich S. Gruen

4 The Proconsular Years: Politics at a Distance 37
John T. Ramsey

5 The Dictator 57
Jane F. Gardner

6 The Assassination 72
Andrew Lintott

Part II Biography: Themes 83

7 General and Imperialist 85
Nathan Rosenstein

8 Caesar and Religion 100
David Wardle

9 Friends, Associates, and Wives 112
Catherine Steel

10 Caesar the Man 126
Jeremy Paterson

11 Caesar as an Intellectual 141
Elaine Fantham

Part III Caesar’s Extant Writings 157

12 Bellum Gallicum 159
Christina S. Kraus

13 Bellum Civile 175
Kurt Raaflaub

14 The Continuators: Soldiering On 192
Ronald Cluett

Part IV Caesar’s Reputation at Rome 207

15 Caesar’s Political and Military Legacy to the Roman Emperors 209
Barbara Levick

16 Augustan and Tiberian Literature 224
Mark Toher

17 Neronian Literature: Seneca and Lucan 239
Matthew Leigh

18 The First Biographers: Plutarch and Suetonius 252
Christopher Pelling

19 The Roman Historians after Livy 267
Luke Pitcher

20 The First Emperor: The View of Late Antiquity 277
Timothy Barnes

21 The Irritating Statues and Contradictory Portraits of Julius Caesar 288
Paul Zanker

Part V Caesar’s Place in History 315

22 The Middle Ages 317
Almut Suerbaum

23 Empire, Eloquence, and Military Genius: Renaissance Italy 335
Martin McLaughlin

24 Some Renaissance Caesars 356
Carol Clark

25 Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and the Dramatic Tradition 371
Julia Griffin

26 The Enlightenment 399
Thomas Biskup

27 Caesar and the Two Napoleons 410
Claude Nicolet

28 Republicanism, Caesarism, and Political Change 418
Nicholas Cole

29 Caesar for Communists and Fascists 431
Luciano Canfora

30 A Twenty-First-Century Caesar 441
Maria Wyke

Bibliography 456

Index 492

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Author Information

Miriam Griffin is Emeritus Fellow of Classics at Oxford University. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Roman history and philosophy, including Nero (1987), Seneca: A Philosopher in Politics (1992), and Philosophia togata I & II (with Jonathan Barnes, 1991 & 1997). She was until recently editor of the Classical Quarterly.
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  • Comprises 30 essays from leading scholars examining the life and after life of this great polarizing figure

  • Explores Caesar from a variety of perspectives: military genius, ruthless tyrant, brilliant politician, first class orator, sophisticated man of letters, and more

  • Utilizes Caesar’s own extant writings

  • Examines the viewpoints of Caesar’s contemporaries and explores Caesar’s portrayals by artists and writers through the ages.
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Reviews

“Those seeking answers to [Caesar’s] place in the world as hero or villain will not find the answer in these pages. Instead, they will find this book adds illumination toward that decision, which must be made by the reader, not the writers. It is precisely this rational impartiality that makes A Companion to Julius Caesar an aid to study, and a good one at that … Enlightening.”  UNRV History (1 September 2015) 

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