By Michael Lovano
Julius Caesar's existence and instance have interested and stimulated generations of individuals for almost 2,000 years. This publication explores the folks, locations, occasions, and associations that helped outline arguably the main recognized person within the historical past of Rome.
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Extra resources for All Things Julius Caesar: An Encyclopedia of Caesar's World and Legacy
The Greek biographer, Plutarch, tells the story a bit differently, asserting that Caesar was reading a history text about Alexander when his friends found him crying over it. However it happened, both authors agree that what disturbed Caesar so much was how he himself had accomplished very little thus far in his life, even though he was just about the same age as Alexander when the latter died, having by then practically conquered the world. Caesar made up for lost time from that incident onward.
Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. King, A. 1990. Roman Gaul and Germany. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. Long, F. P. 2005. Caesar. The Conquest of Gaul. New York: Barnes and Noble, Inc. Rankin, H. D. 1987. Celts and the Classical World. London and New York: Routledge. Thompson, E. A. 1965. The Early Germans. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press. Wightman, E. M. 1985. Gallia Belgica. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. Aeneas Julius Caesar’s family claimed descent from Aeneas, a Trojan hero.
Roman authors, like Varro, Cato the Elder, Ennius, and Naevius, embraced the deep roots in history and legend offered to them through the tying of their culture to Aeneas; they identified him as the ancestor of their traditional founding father, Romulus. According to the Roman historian, Livy, the early Roman king, Numa, required regular sacrifices to the spirit of Aeneas. This link between the legendary Trojans and the Romans allowed 9 Aeneas some Romans to look down on the Greek populations they conquered as hereditary enemies and thus to justify those conquests as long-overdue vengeance for the destruction of Troy, the Romans’ homeland; Aeneas’s jilting of the queen of Carthage, Dido, and her consequent suicide seemed to explain the hatred between Carthage and Rome that led to their three major wars over the course of a century.
All Things Julius Caesar: An Encyclopedia of Caesar's World and Legacy by Michael Lovano