Chapter Sixteen. Augustan and Tiberian Literature

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Mark Toher

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch16

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Toher, M. (2009) Augustan and Tiberian Literature, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch16

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. Frank Bailey Professor of Classics at Union College in Schenectady, New York, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • Augustan and Tiberian literature;
  • inconsistent image of Caesar in literature of first principates - not due solely to the chance preservation of texts or fragments;
  • Triumviral Era - G. Oppius, L. Calpurnius Bibulus, and M. Valerius Messalla Corvinus) writinge works on Caesar and his era;
  • Principate of Augustus - Augustus tried to disassociate himself from the figure of Caesar after 27 BC;
  • Principate of Tiberius - with the accession of Tiberius;
  • Under Tiberius, facets of Caesar – his divinity, clementia, and victory over his assassins;
  • Seneca the Elder - collection of material for declamation demonstrating that Caesar had already become a fixture in rhetorical schools


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Triumviral Era

  • Principate of Augustus

  • Principate of Tiberius

  • Further Reading