Julius Caesar’s Bellum Civile and the composition of a new reality

Ayelet Peer

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In his Commentarii de Bello Civili Julius Caesar sought to re-invent his image and appear before his present and future readers in a way which he could control and at times manipulate. Offering a new interpretation of the Bellum Civile this book reveals the intricate literary world that Caesar creates using sophisticated techniques such as a studied choice of vocabulary, rearrangement of events, use of indirect speech, and more. Each of the three books of the work is examined independently to set out the gradual transformation of Caesar's literary persona, in step with his ascent in the ‘real’ world. By analysing the work from Caesar's viewpoint the author argues that by adroit presentation and manipulation of historical circumstances Caesar creates in his narrative a different reality, one in which his conduct is justified. The question of the res publica is also a key point of the volume, as it is in the Bellum Civile, and the author argues that Caesar purposely does not present himself as a Republican, contrary to commonly held views. Employing detailed philological analyses of Caesar’s three books on the Civil War, this work significantly advances our understanding of Caesar as author and politician.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd
Number of pages200
ISBN (Electronic)9781472452085
ISBN (Print)9781472452078
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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