Modern Essays and Historical Fiction
12 July 2008
Relative Deprivation and the Ides of March: Motive for Murder
"Although the personal motives of the men who assassinated Caesar are most difficult to determine and have been endlessly debated, the notion of relative deprivation, i.e., and uneven relation between personal expectation and the means of satisfaction, may help in understanding why certain friends of Caesar and members of his own party, who benefited and were benefiting from his support, turned on him." (Ancient History Bulletin)
The Landings of Caesar in Britain, 55 and 54 BC
Brief history of the first Roman invasions, with photo, maps, and bibliography.
There are several brief outlines of Caesar's life available online, including "The Rise of Julius Caesar" by Tony Stephenson; and a well-organized essay, with introduction to the primary sources, by Jona Lendering. Michael Akinde's biography spans several pages and includes a short bibliography. Suzanne Cross's Julius Caesar: The Last Dictator is well illustrated and includes topical discussions of the private man, battles and campaigns, and contemporaries.
Martin A. Armstrong
Caesar and the Debt Crisis
Caesar as New Dealer.
Paul and Camille Bouts
Phrenology of Julius Caesar
Analyzes an ancient portrait bust to conclude that Caesar possessed "a fierce energy reminiscent of prehistory, at the service of an exceptional intelligence." Not to be mistaken for information.
Tuscany Trading Company
The Julius Caesar Sword
"Lavishly decorated with Romanesque motifs, with a pommel finial in the form of the same eagle which, atop the Roman battle banners, led the legions in their conquests." Marginally more edifying than the phrenology page.
The Enigmatic Image of Julius Caesasr
Undergraduate essay (Johns Hopkins University) on the image of Caesar in his own works, a letter of Cicero, and Suetonius.
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