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By W. Jeffrey Tatum

By way of analyzing his army and political profession, domestic lifestyles and relationships with ladies, constantly i'm Caesar presents a vibrant portrait of Caesar’s existence and the days of historical Rome in the course of its transition from republic to empire.

  • Provides a richer portrait of Caesar’s existence by way of viewing him from a number of point of view and pertaining to him to broader Roman society
  • Explores facets of Caesar’s occupation in cultural and social phrases
  • Engaging and witty type will entice normal readers

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Senators gave the most, so everyone agreed. Consequently, they got the most. Hence they could describe themselves as boni, good men, or optimates, really good men. Still, it was obligatory for them to give the people their due. The rights of the people and the sovereignty of the assemblies were essential, if frequently contested, principles, and no aristocrat could neglect them. There was even a responsibility to observe these rights and to go so far as to attend to the necessities of the ordinary populace.

Caesar was too much in Crassus’s debt not to have a certain hold over the man. Their relationship, born of opportunism, was a lasting one, and their alliance remained a constant of republican politics until Crassus’ death in 53 bc. Having alienated the traditionalists in the senate who found his election as pontifex maximus hard to stomach, Caesar wanted to establish strong political connections with powerful but less hostile figures. In addition to Crassus, he cultivated the absent but overshadowing Pompey the Great.

This was plainly not, however, the view of men whose sensibilities were less assured or more prone to jealousy – like the spirits of Marcus Porcius Cato or Cassius Longinus – to whom Caesar could only appear sardonic, contemptuous – and gloating. Which in turn left them feeling despised and despicable. Which is why they hated him, struggled against him and, ultimately, knifed him to death. The face itself will not give us the means to judge between these competing perceptions. Indeed, the ambiguity of this Caesar’s visage, like the controversies attending his reputation, is provoking, and it remains sufficiently perplexing to induce a good deal of squirming in the soul of any modern student of the late Roman republic and the age of Caesar.

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