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A significant other to Julius Caesar includes 30 essays from best students reading the lifestyles and after lifetime of this nice polarizing figure.

  • Explores Caesar from a number of views: army genius, ruthless tyrant, really good baby-kisser, firstclass orator, subtle 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 ages

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3), he kept out of the conflict, waiting for better times. He next tested his skill as an orator, while demonstrating his hatred for Sullani, by prosecuting Cn. f. Dolabella, hand-picked for a consulship of 81 and then for three years proconsul of Macedonia, where he earned a triumph and the hatred of some of the Greek cities (Suet. Iul. 1, Plut. Caes. 89). However, in 77/6 the Sullani were too firmly entrenched in power for Caesar to succeed. (It happens to be from this, his first public speech, that we have the first fragment of his oratory: Gell.

He put them in prison and asked the proconsul M. 113) to execute them. For reasons not very Comp. 3d From the Iulii to Caesar 19 plausibly given in the sources, Iunius postponed action. Thereupon Caesar, although he had no official standing, had their throats cut before having them crucified – an act that Suet. Iul. 1 cites as an example of his merciful disposition (et in ulciscendo natura lenissimus). In fact it is the first example of his callous ruthlessness that was to reach its climax in the Gallic War.

Caesar’s ipsissima verba no longer survive, but the historian Sallust, a near contemporary of the events, puts a potent and plausible oration in his mouth (Sall. Cat. 51). Caesar, himself the object of unsubstantiated rumors regarding collaboration with the conspirators, denounced their aims and actions in no uncertain terms. 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.

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