By W. Jeffrey Tatum
By means of studying his army and political profession, domestic existence and relationships with ladies, consistently i'm Caesar offers a vibrant portrait of CaesarвЂ™s lifestyles and the days of old Rome in the course of its transition from republic to empire.
- Provides a richer portrait of CaesarвЂ™s existence by way of viewing him from a number of point of view and touching on him to broader Roman society
- Explores features of CaesarвЂ™s occupation in cultural and social phrases
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Suddenly, Caesar stood for something – not a cause but instead something far more resonant in Roman society, a value. Caesar was emerging as an embodiment of pietas, loyalty to one’s family, and in this instance not just any family (and not actually Caesar’s own family) but Marius’s family, a move that combined gestures toward two of the Romans’ core principles, familial devotion and militarism. Perhaps this young patrician – or so an ordinary Roman, ill-versed in logic, might be forgiven for believing – carried in himself something of the great plebeian’s charisma!
Caesar was one of Pompey’s earliest advocates in city politics, despite the fact that Crassus and Pompey loathed one another and although, by doing so, he ran the risk of offending the nobility. Caesar’s speeches and legal proposals in Pompey’s behalf will not have escaped the Great Man’s notice – not least because the Great Man, who returned to Rome at the end of the sixties, soon found that he, too, needed political allies. The arrogant Pompey had arranged Rome’s eastern affairs without seeking any form of traditional senatorial cooperation, and he had promised pensions to his troops.
What we can say is that Caesar’s apparent loyalty to the cause of Cinna and, especially, to the memory of Marius was to become the vehicle that would carry him to the success so long denied his own family. But we are not there yet. It is sometimes suggested that Caesar had to flee Rome to escape Sulla’s wrath. In fact, however, he joined the military staff of Marcus Minucius Thermus, a staunch Sullan who was proconsul of Asia. At once, Caesar distinguished himself in diplomacy by representing Roman interests in the court of Nicomedes IV Philopater, the king of Bithynia.