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Always I Am Caesar

Always I Am Caesar

W. Jeffrey Tatum

ISBN: 978-0-470-69588-3

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

216 pages

$30.99

Description

By examining his military and political career, home life and relationships with women, Always I Am Caesar provides a vivid portrait of Caesar’s life and the times of ancient Rome during its transition from republic to empire.
  • Provides a richer portrait of Caesar’s life by viewing him from multiple perspective and relating him to broader Roman society
  • Explores aspects of Caesar’s career in cultural and social terms
  • Engaging and witty style will appeal to general readers

List of Charts, Maps, and Figures vi

Acknowledgements viii

Charts ix

Maps xii

Introduction 1

1 Caesar the Politician: Power and the People in Republican Rome 18

2 Conquests and Glories, Triumphs and Spoils: Caesar and the Ideology of Roman Imperialism 42

3 Pontifex Maximus: Caesar and the Manipulation of Civic Religion 61

4 The Stones of Rome: Caesar and the Sociology of Roman Public Building 80

5 My True and Honourable Wife: Cornelia and Pompeia, Calpurnia and Cleopatra 99

6 Great Men and Impersonal Groundswells: The Civil War 122

7 Great Caesar Fell: Philosophy, Politics, and Assassination 145

8 The Evil that Men Do: Caesar and Augustus 167

Important Dates 189

Bibliography 190

Index 194

"The clear strengths of the book are its insights and its accessibility." (New England Classical Journal, August 2009)

"Tatum's book is an extremely good read, and the author pens balanced discourse, while probing into what is postulated as the mindset of many of the individuals who occupied different levels within Roman society." (The Classical Outlook, Spring 2009)

"Tatum has produced a highly enjoyable account of Caesar and his world. These twin foci between them generate a considerable energy, which illuminates many areas of Roman life, politics and culture, as well as the multifaceted personality of Caesar himself. It is a welcome contribution to one of the most well-tilled corners of Roman history and will hopefully provoke many minds into considering old questions in new ways." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, March 2009)

"An important and lively contribution to Caesar scholarship. ... Jeff Tatum's treatment is masterly, with plenty of good solutions to the controversies of Caesar scholarship, and plenty of modern comparisons to enliven the reader's experience." (Scholia Reviews, 2009)

"Tatum gives his readers a sense of the distinctive features of Roman society … and of Caesar as a great figure within its peculiar nexus of familial, political, economic, military and religious forces." (Times Higher Education Supplement)

“Something ... for everyone ... .The prose flows like that of an engaging professor or storyteller. More than a biography ... .Tatum writes with flair." (About.com)


  • Provides a richer portrait of Caesar’s life by viewing him from multiple perspective and relating him to broader Roman society
  • Explores aspects of Caesar’s career in cultural and social terms
  • Engaging and witty style will appeal to general readers