Always I Am Caesar by W. Jeffrey Tatum

By W. Jeffrey Tatum

By way of analyzing his army and political occupation, domestic lifestyles and relationships with girls, consistently i'm Caesar presents a shiny portrait of Caesar’s lifestyles and the days of historical Rome in the course of its transition from republic to empire.

  • Provides a richer portrait of Caesar’s existence via viewing him from a number of viewpoint and pertaining to him to broader Roman society
  • Explores points of Caesar’s occupation in cultural and social phrases
  • Engaging and witty sort will attract normal readers

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He captured Taurasia and Cisauna from the Samnites. He subjugated the whole of Lucania and carried back hostages. This man’s son left behind a similar claim to fame: Lucius Cornelius Scipio, the son of Lucius, aedile, consul and censor. Everyone agrees that this man was by far the very best of all the good men at Rome. The son of Barbatus, he was consul, censor and aedile amongst you. He captured Corsica and the city of Aleria. He dedicated a temple to the Goddesses of Weather. 27 always i am caesar An obvious pattern emerges, and it is made fulsomely clear in a passage preserved by the elder Pliny that touches upon another noble family: Quintus Metellus, in the panegyric that he delivered at the funeral of his father, Lucius Metellus, who had been pontiff, consul twice, dictator, masterof-the-horse, and land-commissioner, and who had celebrated a triumph, left it in writing that his father had achieved the ten greatest objects in pursuit of which wise men devote their lives: he had made it his aim to be the best in war, the best orator, the bravest general, to be in charge of the most important undertakings of the state, to enjoy the highest office [which also means: “to enjoy the greatest honor”], to be supremely intelligent, to be deemed the most important member of the senate, to obtain great wealth in an honorable way, to leave many sons and to have gained the greatest glory in the state.

This became clear immediately upon Caesar’s return from Spain, where he had waged unprovoked war against various local tribes, on the basis of which activities he applied to the senate for permission to celebrate a triumph. This action necessitated a further request on Caesar’s part, to the effect that he be allowed to submit the formal announcement of his candidacy (what the Romans called professio) in absence (for technical reasons Caesar could not enter both the city and preserve his eligibility to celebrate a triumph, yet it was obligatory to make one’s professio in the forum).

It tells us a lot about Roman voters, each of whom was allowed to cast two votes for the two vacant consuships, that both Caesar and Bibulus were elected in the same year. The mechanics of Roman consular elections make it inescapable that most voters voted for both men. However strong the passions and acidities within the aristocracy, the people of Rome saw politics very differently.

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