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

Peer, Ayelet, author
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  • Creator Ayelet Peer
  • Format Books
  • Publication Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Publishing Company, [2015]
  • Physical Details
    • x, 200 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781472452078, 1472452070, 9781472452085, 9781472452092
  • OCLC ocn919192668


  • "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"--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Preface -- Introduction -- PART I. BC I. The six opening chapters of the BC -- The representation of Pompeius and the Pompeians in BC I -- Rei publicae causa? -- Omissions and manipulations in BC I -- Civil War and ending of BC I -- PART II. BC II. The uniqueness of BC II -- Caesaris miles -- Presentation of the Pompeians in BC II -- Civil War and ending of BC II -- PART III. BC III. The triumph of Caesar -- The representation of Pompeius and the Pompeians in BC III -- Civil War and ending of BC III -- Conclusion -- Appendix : writing and publication of the BC
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