By Miriam Griffin
A spouse to Julius Caesar contains 30 essays from prime students reading the existence and after lifetime of this nice polarizing figure.
- Explores Caesar from a number of views: army genius, ruthless tyrant, superb 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 by means of artists and writers during the ages
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Sat. 34, of a law passed by the consul M. e. e. d. quartum idus Quintiles Iulius procreatus sit: the numeral is written out in full and there are no textual variants). ) There should be no doubt that this cannot stand against the law of M. Antonius. Caesar’s first public appearance was in his seventeenth year (see Suet. Iul. 1), when the consul L. Cinna designated him flamen Dialis (priest of Jupiter), one of the most venerable of Roman priesthoods, the holder of which had to be married to a Patrician wife.
We have already noted that there is no conjunction between the Iulii and Vediovis outside this text. 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).
Caesar’s contacts reached across political lines, and his successes defy partisan identification. To be sure, when Caesar as quaestor took the occasion of his aunt’s funeral in 69 not only to deliver a eulogy but to display the imagines of Marius for the first time since Sulla had repressed the Marians, this provoked some loud objections (that were themselves shouted down). And he followed it with yet another funeral oration, this one for his wife Cornelia, daughter of Cinna, an unusual ceremony, for young women rarely received such laudation (Plut.
A companion to Julius Caesar by Miriam Griffin