Chapter

‘Lure Caesus’

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/9780748619368.003.0030
‘Lure Caesus’

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The victory over Spain, that is, over Pompey's sons, was the first signal of a change in style that characterised the last months of the life and government of Caesar. In comparison with the few months spent in Rome after his return from Africa (August–October 46 bc), the autumn and winter season of 45–44 bc, between the triumph celebrated in October and the Ides of March, presents a completely different situation: it was characterised by Caesar's determined efforts to place his personal power finally within the framework of a new order, and by mounting reactions to this openly authoritarian development. Examining these last months of Caesar's life, Napoleon observed that, beside the push to dictatorial power, Caesar decided to pay even more attention to the noble classes and to distance himself still further from the growing demands of the common people.

Keywords: Julius Caesar; Spain; power; Ides of March

Chapter.  5081 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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