Chapter Ten. Caesar the Man

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Jeremy Paterson Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch10

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Paterson, J. (2009) Caesar the Man, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch10

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. Newcastle University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • Caesar the Man;
  • Suetonius (Iul. 45) - a vivid pen portrait of Julius Caesar;
  • tall (excels statura), well built (teretibus membris), with a fair complexion (colore candido) and had a mouth (ore paulo pleniore), and lively dark eyes (nigris vegetisque oculis);
  • Caesar and health - Suetonius mentions two epileptic attacks while Caesar was engaged in public affairs (inter res agendas);
  • food and drink - person's eating and drinking preferences were staple elements of ancient biography;
  • Caesar and sex - Caesar surrounded by a household of women;
  • Mothers are frequently credited with playing an important part in early education of aristocratic young men, particularly in families, such as Caesar's;
  • Caesar's married life - unexceptional by standards of the times;
  • As the Elder C. Scribonius Curio - comprehensively summed it up in a speech, Caesar was “every woman's man and every man's woman”;
  • extravagance, expenditure, and connoisseurship


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Appearance

  • Health

  • Food and Drink

  • Caesar and Sex

  • Extravagance, Expenditure, and Connoisseurship

  • Character

  • Further Reading