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Inside and Outside the Conspiracy

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.003.0007
Inside and Outside the Conspiracy

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Caesar's career was marked by two conspiracies: in one of them, which failed, he was a participant ‘from a distance’, or was at least aware of it; of the other, which succeeded, he was the target. He was on the fringes of the Catilinarian conspiracy, but he stood to be swept away by it. It was Cicero who came to his rescue. Somebody had produced documents that seemed to implicate Caesar in the plot. Lucius Vettius, a Roman knight who in his youth had known Cicero at the time of the social war, later a friend of Catiline and a participant in the conspiracy, went over to the other side and denounced the plotters. He declared before the investigation carried out by Novius Niger that he was in possession of compromising letters to Catiline signed by Caesar.

Keywords: Julius Caesar; conspiracies; Catilinarian conspiracy; Cicero; Lucius Vettius; Catiline; Novius Niger

Chapter.  6384 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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