Caesar and the Crisis of the Roman Aristocracy: A Civil War by James S. Ruebel

By James S. Ruebel

One of the best army and Political Geniuses in western historical past, Julius Caesar stirs nearly as a lot controversy at the present time as he did in his personal time. Neutrality towards Caesar might be impossible--and based on James S. Ruebel, it really is bad. In Caesar and the difficulty of the Roman Aristocracy, Ruebel introduces scholars of Latin to Caesar and the civil struggle that Pompey led opposed to him from forty nine to forty eight B.C. by means of proposing the Roman chief in his personal phrases and people of his contemporaries, the publication forces readers to confront an identical offerings that Cicero and others confronted during this tumultuous period.

Ruebel locations the readings in historic context in his advent, after which offers mammoth parts of Caesar’s De Bello Civili in Latin. Extracts from the writings of Caesar’s contemporaries (most in English translation), in addition to Ruebel’s remark and notes, additional light up Caesar’s account for college kids and invite them to grapple with such matters as own honor, morality, management, patriotism, and the excuses for civil war.

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While he may seek to disguise from us his thoughts and intentions, we have open to us the full array of modern methods of analysis and inquiry, as well as the hindsight of history, to allow us to judge his sincerity and (from actions) his motives. By examining Caesar's own words, through passages from his De bello civili, the reader will be compelled to confront him as a politician, statesman, and propagandist; these selections will be interrupted at intervals to present material from the ''opposition,'' Page xvi especially extracts from letters written to and by Cicero within the circle of Caesar's opponents.

Includes bibliographical references and index.  Series.  04717dc2093-21007 CIP Caesar and the Crisis of the Roman Aristocracy: A Civil War Reader is Volume 18 of the Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture. The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources, Inc. Copyright © 1994 by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University. All rights reserved.

The cursus honorum for a patrician began with the quaestorship or aedileship (the quaestorship could be omitted). " In the case of Caesar, for example, Mark Antony had just begun his active political career as a tribune-elect and was in Rome during the summer of 50 defending Caesar's interests. After the time of Sulla, the Senate was composed of a maximum of six hundred men, consisting of all former elected magistrates; these men held their rank as senator for life, or until they suffered some severe loss of civil status (capitis deminutio)such as by being convicted of a capital crimeor were expelled from the senatorial order by a censor.

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