By Miriam Griffin

ISBN-10: 140514923X

ISBN-13: 9781405149235

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

  • Explores Caesar from various views: army genius, ruthless tyrant, fabulous baby-kisser, top quality 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 via artists and writers in the course of the ages

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And Caesar had them. His aunt Julia had been wife of Marius, Rome’s most successful general of the previous generation and seven times consul (Vell. Pat. 2; Plut. Caes. 1). The young Caesar was himself wed to the daughter of L. Cinna, staunch ally of Marius and himself four times consul in the 80s, a woman whom he refused to divorce, even at the insistence of Sulla the dictator (Vell. Pat. 2; Suet. Iul. 1–2; Plut. Caes. 1). That he got away with this carries important implications. The tradition ascribes it to heavy bribery, a recurring motif in his story, doubtless alleged by his enemies later (Suet.

There he found M. 85, 89). But seeing little support for Lepidus and doubting his ability as a leader (Suet. Iul. 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.

2 found only two names) persuaded Sulla to relent. They were supported by the Vestal Virgins, no doubt in contact with Caesar through his priesthood. A compromise was reached: he agreed to resign his priesthood, which would in any case have made an official career impossible, but was allowed to keep his wife and no doubt to regain his possessions. Sulla’s reported remark, that there were many Mariuses in the young man, is clearly part of the myth. Sulla in fact never executed a fellow Patrician: the most striking example is L.

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