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Julius Caesar in Latin literature from Tiberius to Trajan

England, Bridget E C; (2019) Julius Caesar in Latin literature from Tiberius to Trajan. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

A thesis on the literary reception of Julius Caesar from the reign of Tiberius to that of Trajan is needed because, until now, the main focus of scholarly attention has been on Caesar’s place in the literature of the triumviral period and the Augustan age (44 BC – AD 14). Scholarship has also identified a seeming revival of interest in Caesar that took place during Trajan’s reign (AD 98 – 117), with texts from this era and beyond seeming to portray Caesar (and not Augustus) as the founder of the Empire. The current investigation will address the relatively neglected period in between – neglected despite the introduction of Caesar as an epic character in Lucan’s Pharsalia – and explore wider questions surrounding Caesar’s textual representation, including its relationship with the many other ways in which he was being remembered in Rome. By conducting close readings of texts, and using the material culture and urban landscape of Rome as well as other evidence of the political use of Caesar to pose questions to the literature, this critical part of Caesar’s early reception is carefully surveyed. Caesar appears as conqueror, writer, orator, assassinated tyrant, divine forefather and monstrous literary construct – to name just some of his depictions. A potentially dangerous point of reference given his fate, Caesar is relevant and valuable to the texts under discussion because in his evocation authors can tackle topics such as politics, statesmanship, religion, family relations, morality and even literature itself. Working chronologically through this period, key considerations include the relationship of text to state and between texts, the role of the reader in recognising traces of Caesar, and the impact that genre and narrative context (not just era) can have on an author’s treatment of Caesar.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Julius Caesar in Latin literature from Tiberius to Trajan
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068802
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