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A Companion to Julius Caesar

Miriam Griffin (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-4923-5
532 pages
May 2009, 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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List of Figures.

Notes on Contributors.

Preface.

Reference Works: Abbreviated Titles.

1 Introduction.

Part I Biography: Narrative.

2 From the Iulii to Caesar (Ernst Badian).

3 Caesar as a Politician (Erich S. Gruen).

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

5 The Dictator (Jane F. Gardner).

6 The Assassination (Andrew Lintott).

Part II Biography: Themes.

7 General and Imperialist (Nathan Rosenstein).

8 Caesar and Religion (David Wardle).

9 Friends, Associates, and Wives (Catherine Steel).

10 Caesar the Man (Jeremy Paterson).

11 Caesar as an Intellectual (Elaine Fantham).

Part III Caesar's Extant Writings.

12 Bellum Gallicum (Christina S. Kraus).

13 Bellum Civile (Kurt Raaflaub).

14 The Continuators: Soldiering On (Ronald Cluett).

Part IV Caesar's Reputation at Rome.

15 Caesar's Political and Military Legacy to the Roman Emperors (Barbara Levick).

16 Augustan and Tiberian Literature (Mark Toher).

17 Neronian Literature: Seneca and Lucan (Matthew Leigh).

18 The First Biographers: Plutarch and Suetonius (Christopher Pelling).

19 The Roman Historians after Livy (Luke Pitcher).

20 The First Emperor: The View of Late Antiquity (Timothy Barnes).

21 The Irritating Statues and Contradictory Portraits of Julius Caesar (Paul Zanker).

Part V Caesar's Place in History.

22 The Middle Ages (Almut Suerbaum).

23 Empire, Eloquence, and Military Genius: Renaissance Italy (Martin McLaughlin).

24 Some Renaissance Caesars (Carol Clark).

25 Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and the Dramatic Tradition (Julia Griffin).

26 The Enlightenment (Thomas Biskup).

27 Caesar and the Two Napoleons (Claude Nicolet).

28 Republicanism, Caesarism, and Political Change (Nicholas Cole).

29 Caesar for Communists and Fascists (Luciano Canfora).

30 A Twenty-First-Century Caesar (Maria Wyke).

Bibliography.

Index.

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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.
See More
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