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Spectacular Power in the Greek and Roman City$
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Andrew Bell

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242344.001.0001

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Looking at Caesar

Looking at Caesar

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(p.24) 2 Looking at Caesar
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Spectacular Power in the Greek and Roman City
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242344.003.0002

This chapter shows that Julius Caesar, in gesturing to impress, reveals the fluidity of assumptions governing political life in Rome. His complex styles of self-definition correlate with the mixed nature of the Roman polity, in which elements of both demotic populism and kingliness are to be found in his more spectacular behaviour.

Keywords:   Julius Caesar, Roman politics, Roman citizens, res republica, power

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