By W. Jeffrey Tatum
By way of studying his army and political occupation, domestic existence and relationships with ladies, continually i'm Caesar presents a vibrant portrait of CaesarвЂ™s lifestyles and the days of historic Rome in the course of its transition from republic to empire.
- Provides a richer portrait of CaesarвЂ™s existence by way of viewing him from a number of standpoint and touching on him to broader Roman society
- Explores points of CaesarвЂ™s profession in cultural and social phrases
- Engaging and witty type will attract common readers
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In Rome, all offices – all honors – were dispensed by the people, and all legislation had to be passed in the assemblies. And yet in these undertakings the people were led by their magistrates and guided by the senate. No assembly could act without a magistrate’s summons – as you might by now expect, grass root initiatives were not fostered in the Roman republic – nor could the senate convene on its own authority. Roman magistrates acted as military and judicial officers, and they managed the very limited government that Romans regarded as necessary to a free state.
This is why the very few families who endured possessed such formidable prestige, families like the Metelli, the Claudii and the Aurelii Cottae. These families contrasted sharply with flashes in the pan, or with ancient houses fallen into eclipse. One such lapsed family were the Julii Caesares. We know next to nothing of Caesar’s childhood: the biographies of Suetonius and Plutarch are both of them missing their earliest chapters. But the circumstances of Caesar’s boyhood are well documented. When he was 12, there occurred the first outbreak of the civil war between Gaius 28 caesar the politician Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla.
This is why Cato now deployed his constitutional rectitude in the hope of tripping up Caesar. He was certain that Caesar would postpone running for consul until the next year, after he had basked in the glory of a coveted triumph, a decision that would thus remove any impediment to Bibulus’ election. Cato entirely (and not for the last time) misjudged Caesar, who abandoned his triumph in order to stand. But the senate’s refusal to balk at Cato’s obstructionism was enough to make it plain to Caesar that his support amongst the senators was less than enthusiastic, which can only have been worrying.
Always I Am Caesar by W. Jeffrey Tatum