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Citizens of DiscordRome and Its Civil Wars$
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Brian Breed, Cynthia Damon, and Andreola Rossi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.001.0001

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Creating a Grand Coalition of True Roman Citizens: On Caesar's Political Strategy in the Civil War

Creating a Grand Coalition of True Roman Citizens: On Caesar's Political Strategy in the Civil War

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(p.159) 9 Creating a Grand Coalition of True Roman Citizens: On Caesar's Political Strategy in the Civil War
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Citizens of Discord
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Kurt A. Raaflaub

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.003.0010

This chapter looks at Caesar's strategy, in the aftermath of civil war, to restore the res publica, to recreate community, a strategy most clearly visible in his Bellum Civile. Raaflaub connects Caesar's apologia for civil war—that his aims were beneficial to all and his intention was to offer the “grand coalition of good citizens and true Romans” a recourse against the selfish inaction of the faction that opposed him and blocked changes to the status quo—with Caesar's earlier attempts at coalition‐building, but then shows that Caesar's policy failed to win adherents, so that even he despaired of it.

Keywords:   Julius Caesar, Bellum Civile, civil war

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