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By Miriam Griffin

A spouse to Julius Caesar includes 30 essays from major students reading the existence and after lifetime of this nice polarizing figure.

Explores Caesar from a number of views: army genius, ruthless tyrant, awesome flesh presser, 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 throughout the a long time.

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And we must not be misled by the appellation of pater. This, as Wissowa well knew, was a title commonly applied to the ancient Italic gods: see Lucil. 19–22 Marx (making fun of it: cf. 11). As to the close associations with Bovillae, it needs to be pointed out that there is no record of any contact between the Iulii and Bovillae before this inscription, and indeed no record, literary or epigraphic, after it down to Augustus (see below). The gens, of course, had had many centuries in which to show an interest in Bovillae, but apart from this text and monument, no such interest appears – not even by Caesar, who proudly proclaimed his ancestry on suitable occasions (see below).

13; cf. 1 Whether or not cash changed hands in substantial quantity, Caesar’s victory thrust him dramatically into the spotlight, suggesting a political rise of extraordinary speed and success. As ‘‘chief priest’’ he was now titular head of the college of pontiffs. Although this did not mean that he ran Rome’s religious establishment (it was far too diverse and fragmented a system for one-person control), the office, normally reserved for senior members of Rome’s aristocratic families, afforded immense prestige and distinction (Beard 1990: 17–48).

This too should not be interpreted as a partisan act (contra: Badian, chapter 2, p. 21). Caesar revived the triumphal tokens of a man whose exploits had rescued the state from its foreign foes – and, of course, he enhanced his own family’s image in the process. Caesar also knew where real power lay. He moved gingerly to associate himself with Rome’s most formidable figure, Pompeius Magnus. Indications of this may be discerned already in the late 70s when Caesar very energetically supported those who advocated the restoration of tribunician powers that Sulla had curtailed (Suet.

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