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

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

by James S. Ruebel
 

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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

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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 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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Booknews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806139630
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture
Pages:
212
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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