By Miriam Griffin
A better half to Julius Caesar contains 30 essays from prime students analyzing the lifestyles and after lifetime of this nice polarizing figure.
- Explores Caesar from numerous views: army genius, ruthless tyrant, superb flesh presser, first-class 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 via artists and writers throughout the ages
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43; Cic. Cat. 7–8; Ungern-Sternberg 1970: 92–111; Drummond 1995: 23–50). The proposal, initially welcomed, failed to carry the senate after a powerful speech for summary execution by Cato the Younger (Drummond 1995: 51–77). But Caesar, while not explicitly renouncing the institution of the senatus consultum ultimum, had once more put on record his opposition to unrestrained exercise of that measure in violation of the traditional rights of Roman citizens. To punctuate the point, Caesar conspicuously harassed Cicero who as consul carried out the execution of the conspirators (Plut.
But Caesar, while not explicitly renouncing the institution of the senatus consultum ultimum, had once more put on record his opposition to unrestrained exercise of that measure in violation of the traditional rights of Roman citizens. To punctuate the point, Caesar conspicuously harassed Cicero who as consul carried out the execution of the conspirators (Plut. Cic. 1–2). He made sure that his championship of citizen privileges in the face of government power would have public exposure. All this allows for a deeper understanding of Caesar’s remarkable ascension to the position of Pontifex Maximus.
The notorious ‘‘conspiracy of Catiline,’’ ostensibly an effort at a political coup through internal sabotage and external rebellion, had been unmasked, largely through the efforts of the consul Cicero. A number of accused plotters were now in custody, and the senate debated their fate, while others were still at large and fomenting upheaval. The debate proved to be vigorous and memorable. The patres leaned heavily toward the death penalty as proposed by the consul-designate D. Junius Silanus, until Caesar, only a praetor-designate, rose to resist that proposal.
A companion to Julius Caesar by Miriam Griffin