Caesar and the Crisis of the Roman Aristocracy: A Civil War Reader

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One of the Greatest Military and Political Geniuses in western history, Julius Caesar stirs almost as much controversy today as he did in his own time. Neutrality toward Caesar may well be impossible—and according to James S. Ruebel, it is undesirable. In Caesar and the Crisis of the Roman Aristocracy, Ruebel introduces students of Latin to Caesar and the civil war that Pompey led against him from 49 to 48 B.C. By presenting the Roman leader in his own words and those of his contemporaries, the book forces ...

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Overview

One of the Greatest Military and Political Geniuses in western history, Julius Caesar stirs almost as much controversy today as he did in his own time. Neutrality toward Caesar may well be impossible—and according to James S. Ruebel, it is undesirable. In Caesar and the Crisis of the Roman Aristocracy, Ruebel introduces students of Latin to Caesar and the civil war that Pompey led against him from 49 to 48 B.C. By presenting the Roman leader in his own words and those of his contemporaries, the book forces readers to confront the same choices that Cicero and others faced in this tumultuous period.

Ruebel places the readings in historical context in his introduction, and then presents substantial portions of Caesar’s De Bello Civili in Latin. Extracts from the writings of Caesar’s contemporaries (most in English translation), along with Ruebel’s commentary and notes, further illuminate Caesar’s account for students and invite them to grapple with such issues as personal honor, morality, leadership, patriotism, and the justifications for civil war.

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Intended as coursework for advanced undergraduate or graduate Latin students, the annotated readings present a view of Julius Caesar as politician, statesman, and propagandist through his own words, interspersed with the views of his contemporaries. The selections from Caesar's De Bello Civili appear in Latin; most of the letters, anecdotes, and other documents are given in English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806139630
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

James S. Ruebel is Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Classical Studies at Ball State University.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction 3
Political Power in the Roman Republic 3
Caesar and Roman Aristocratic Values 7
Caesar and Roman Internal Politics, 63-50 20
1 Prelude to Civil War 35
M. Caelius Rufus to Cicero, about 8 August 50 Fam. 8.14.2-4 35
Aulus Hirtius' Account of the End of the Gallic Campaign BG 8.50-55 36
2 Events at Rome and Caesar's Response 44
Caesar, De bello civili 1.1-5 44
Cicero to Tiro, 12 January 49 Fam. 16.11 50
Caesar, De bello civili 1.6-10 51
Selections From Two Letters by Cicero 60
Cicero to Tiro, 27 January 49 Fam. 16.12.3-4 60
Cicero to Atticus, 2 February 49 Att. 7.17.2 61
Caesar, De bello civili 1.11-15 62
Letters from Cicero to Atticus 67
Cicero to Atticus, about 21 January 49 Att. 7.11.1, 3-4 67
Cicero to Atticus, 22 January 49 Att. 7.12.1-3 68
3 The Siege at Corfinium 70
Caesar, De bello civili 1.16-17 70
Letters from Pompey 72
Pompey to Gaius Marcellus and Ludus Lentulus, mid-February 49 Cic. Att. 8.12A 72
Pompey to Lucius Domitius, 11 February 49 Cic. Att. 8.12B 74
Pompey to Lucius Domitius, 17 February 49 Cic. Att. 8.12D 75
Caesar, De bello civili 1.18-23 76
Letters from Julius Caesar 82
Caesar to Oppius and Cornelius, early March 49 Att. 9.7C.1 83
Caesar to Cicero, a little before 26 March 49 Att. 9.16.2-3 83
4 Departure of Pompey from Italy 85
Caesar, De bello civili 1.24-26 85
Atticus and Cicero on Caesar's Prospects 89
Cicero to Atticus, 1 March 49 Att. 8.13 89
Atticus to Cicero, 5 March 49 Att. 9.10.9 90
Caesar, De bello civili 1.27 90
Matius and Trebatius to Cicero, about 20 March 49 Cic. Att. 9.15A 91
Caesar, De bello civili 1.28-32.1 91
Cicero to Atticus, 28 March 49 Att. 9.18.1, 3 95
Caesar, De bello civili 1.32.2-33 96
Cicero to Atticus, 14 April 49 Att. 10.4.8 99
Caesar to Cicero, 16 April 49 Cic. Att. 10.8B 100
5 Caesar in Spain 103
Caesar, De bello civili 1.34-35, 37-38, 67-72, 84-87 103
Cassius Dio on a Mutiny of the Troops Dio 41.26, 35 119
6 Caesar's Pursuit of Pompey to Greece 121
Caesar, De bello civili 3.10-19 121
7 The Great Confrontation: Caesar and Pompey at Pharsalus 134
Caesar, De bello civili 3.41-46, 48, 71-72 134
Cassius Dio's Comparison of Caesar and Pompey Dio 41.53-54 144
Caesar, De bello civili 3.73, 82-83 145
Cicero on Pompey's Camp in Greece 151
Cicero to Atticus, 27 November 48 Att. 11.6.2,6 151
Cicero to Marius, mid-46 Fam. 7.3.2-3 152
Caesar, De bello civili 3.85-87, 89, 92, 96 153
8 The Death of Pompey 162
Caesar, De bello civili 3.102-4, 106 162
Cicero, De officiis 2.27, 29 168
App. 1. Chronological Gazette of Relevant Events, 52-48 B.C. 169
App. 2. A Note on Roman Names 175
App. 3. The Roman Union 177
App. 4. Roman Dates 179
Suggestions for Further Reading 181
Index Nominum 185
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