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d the historical past of the realm by way of environment in educate the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. This themed quantity of PLLS handles the real and arguable challenge of Caesar's personal attitudes to 'liberty' and 'autocracy'. It includes revised, annotated and every so often extended models of papers brought on the 7th Annual Langford convention at Florida kingdom collage, besides one supplementary contribution and English translations of 2 papers initially released in Italian. The individuals represent a distinct overseas workforce of historical historians.

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We are indebted to Mark Toher's 'Julius Caesar and Octavian under Augustus' for recovering the personality and perspective of one of the earliest imperial sources for Caesar's death. This was Nicolaus of Damascus, Herod's diplomatic secretary and author of a Life of K Along with Rawson's Intellectual Life in the Late Roman Republic (1985) and Griffin's "Intellectual Developments of the Ciceronian Age" (Ch. 18 in CAH Vol. 9, 1994), the Varrò reconstructed by Della Corte (1954) has been refined by Horsfall (1972) and in a number of HorsfalFs articles over the last quarter century.

My own paper aims to see Caesar through contemporary eyes, by juxtaposition of the behavior in and after the civil war of three respected senators and ex-magistrates of the older generation, who associated (somewhat formally) with each other, and whose careers and values are known to us: Cato, Cicero and Varrò. I have retraced Cato's career in order to complement the better-known picture of his political actions up to the eve of civil war with his subsequent behavior as a principled but non-combatant supporter of the resistance to Caesar — it would be wrong to call him a supporter of Pompey.

Collins (1972) 927; Brunt (1990) 311. On Roman relations with the Aedui, cf. Harmand(1973) 540. Cf. ) of the atrocities openly admitted by Caesar. ROBIN SEAGER 22 better right than that of Ariovistus — is uncompromisingly asserted. Nor does that right depend in any way on the requests or requirements of the allies. Caesar cannot be accused of hiding behind the Aedui. In the case of the Belgae there is no concealment whatever. 2). Caesar denies neither their suspicions nor his implied intention of subduing the whole of Gaul.

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