By Miriam Griffin
A better half to Julius Caesar contains 30 essays from best students interpreting the lifestyles 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 through artists and writers during the a long time.
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I wish to thank Professor John T. Ramsey for looking at an early draft of this chapter and correcting some errors. Any that remain are not his fault. Comp. 3d CHAPTER THREE Caesar as a Politician Erich S. Gruen In the year 63 BC Julius Caesar achieved an astounding political victory. He was a mere thirty-seven years old, not yet even of praetorian rank. But he gained election, purportedly by an overwhelming margin, to the post of Pontifex Maximus, defeating in the process two considerably older and more eminent candidates, P.
Pomp. 51, 59–61; Vell. Pat. 36a). The influence of Pompey and his friends was surely not irrelevant in Caesar’s success. But Caesar’s rise to eminence involved more than just alliances and alignments. He took strong public stands on a number of controversial issues involving the interests of the state and its citizens from the early years of his career. The aftermath of the Sullan era left a residue of matters that required redress. Caesar’s urging (already noted) that tribunician powers be restored falls into that category.
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. Iul. 5). It is probably not coincidental that Pompey took that same line publicly in these years and then implemented the change as consul in 70 (Sall. Hist. 23 Maur. 34 McGushin; Cic. Verr. 126). Certainly in 67, when the tribune A.