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Rome Studies (RS 1)

Caesar’s Past and Posterity’s Caesar

R. Raja (ed.)
T. A. Hass (ed.)
approx. 245 p., 55 b/w ill., 216 x 280 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-59130-8
Languages: English
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This volume focuses on the reception of Gaius Julius Caesar, one of the most well-known and widely discussed personalities of Antiquity.

Gaius Julius Caesar was the first to design a forum in his family’s name. The forum itself had two focal points — a temple to Venus Genetrix and an equestrian statue of Caesar himself — carefully juxtaposed to create a narrative of a strong, enterprising, and controversial sovereign to whom legitimacy was granted by his divine lineage and links to Rome’s mythical founders. Through this design, the expansion of the older Forum Romanum thus became a promotion of Caesar himself in a clever show of identity politics. It was a bold — and ultimately fatal — undertaking, and it demonstrates a political vision that not only divided his contemporaries but that has continued to drive scholarly debate, with Caesar variously realized as a mirror for Antiquity, a representative of an age, and a ruler to be examined in relation to all applicable dilemmas and conflicts.

This important volume offers new insights into the legacy of Julius Caesar by focusing on two central questions: how did he use the past to construct his own persona as head of the Roman State and Empire? And how has he been remembered — and used — by posterity? Contributions from a range of fields, among them archaeology, classical studies, and history, engage with these questions as they explore Caesar’s own self-fashioning through his use of city space, rituals, wars, history, and literature, as well as tracing how he and his actions have been understood, justified, criticized, and used in the centuries since his death, from late antique literature to nineteenth-century drama.

Trine Arlund Hass is a post-doctoral researcher in classical philology and reception studies at The Danish Academy in Rome and Aarhus University. Her project Our Caesar: Danish receptions of Gaius Julius Caesar collaborates with the Danish-Italian excavations of Caesar’s Forum in Rome.

Rubina Raja is professor of classical archaeology and director of Centre for Urban Network Evolutions. She co-directs the Danish-Italian excavations of Caesar’s Forum in Rome.
Table of Contents

Trine Arlund Hass and Rubina Raja, ‘Caesar’s Past and Posterity’s Caesar: The man behind the sources’

Caesar and his time
Sine Saxkjær, ‘Memory and monarchy’
Paolo Liverani, ‘Caesar and the pomerium of Rome’
Karl Galinsky, ‘Shaping Caesar’s past for posterity: Caesar d. f. Augustus’
Rubina Raja and Jörg Rüpke, ‘Creating a memory of Urban Rome: the case of the Forum Iulium’
Carsten Hjort Lange, ‘The Invention of civil war writing: the case of Caesar’

Caesar in ancient historiography…in retrospect
Bridget England, ‘Caesar’s place in the course of Tiberian historiography’
Henriette van der Blom, ‘Caesar the Orator in Retrospect’
Jesper Majbom Madsen, ‘Between dynast and legitimate monarch: Caesar’s dictatorship in the writing of Cassius Dio’
Giuseppe Zecchini, ‘Julius Caesar in Western Late Antiquity’

Post antique historiography and modern perceptions
Marianne Pade, ‘Should they rot in Hell? Fifteenth-century discussions of Brutus and Cassius – and Caesar’s Murder’
Miryana Dimitrova, ‘Lurking in the Jacobean Shadows: Historicity and Topicality of the Character of Julius Caesar in Ben Jonson’s Catiline: His Conspiracy
Trine Arlund Hass, ‘A Bad Tyrant Born to Command: N. F. S. Grundtvig’s Representation of Caesar in the Handbook of World History (1833)’
Thomas Biskup, ‘Ancient contemporary history and enlightened philosophy of history: Caesar and Voltaire as models for Frederick the Great’s historiography’
Maria Wyke, ‘Lessons in History: Bernard Shaw’s Discomforting Caesar’ 

Nikoline Sauer, ‘The Forum of Caesar: A Historiographical Review’

Interest Classification:
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Ancient history & archaeology: Europe
Rome (with Italy and adjacent territories)
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Historiography (historical writings in the period)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Italian Peninsula
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history
Early modern history (1501-1800) : genres & specific topics
Historiography (contemporary accounts of the period)

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