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The art of Caesar's Bellum Civile : literature, ideology, and community

Author: Luca Grillo
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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"Traditional approaches have reduced Caesar's Bellum Civile to a tool for teaching Latin or to one-dimensional propaganda, thereby underestimating its artistic properties and ideological complexity. Reading strategies typical of scholarship on Latin poetry, like intertextuality, narratology, semantic, rhetorical and structural analysis, cast a new light on the Bellum Civile: Ciceronian language advances Caesar's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Julius Caesar; Gaius Iulius Caesar
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Luca Grillo
ISBN: 9781107009493 1107009499
OCLC Number: 751752380
Description: xii, 221 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. The swift and the slow: Caesar's art of characterization --
2. The great contest: constantia, innocentia, pudor, and virtus --
3. Redefining loyalty --
4. The limits and risks of Caesar's leniency --
5. The barbarization of the enemy --
6. Two army-communities and their effect on the Roman people --
7. Shaping the future of Rome --
Appendix 1. Chronology of the Civil War (pre-Julian calendar) and narrative structure of the BC --
Appendix 2. Composition, publication and genre of the BC --
Appendix 3. The manuscript tradition of the BC. opening, end, and book division.
Responsibility: Luca Grillo.
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