The ‘Affairs’ of Mr Julius Caesar and Others

Edited by Luciano Canfora and Julian Stringer

in Julius Caesar

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780748619368
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670734 | DOI:
The ‘Affairs’ of Mr Julius Caesar and Others

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The costs of election campaigns for the pontificate and the praetorship exhausted Caesar's finances, and his debts were a continuing concern. He knew very well that the last resort of those beset by debts was civil war. When young men of his class utterly ruined by debt sought his assistance, if there was no other way to help them out of their difficulties, he replied with pitiless realism that ‘what they needed was civil war’. At first sight this seemed a paradoxical witticism, but it well illustrates an immediate connection in Caesar' s mind: war as a response to debt and economic ruin for groups of the ruling classes who found themselves in serious difficulties.

Keywords: Julius Caesar; pontificate; praetorship; civil war; debts; election campaigns

Chapter.  2794 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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