Chapter nineteen. The Roman Historians after Livy

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Luke Pitcher Lecturer

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch19

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Pitcher, L. (2009) The Roman Historians after Livy, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch19

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. Durham University, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • the Roman historians after Livy;
  • Caesar, a subject that might well seem to demand an intensity and scale of coverage that strains at the constraints of an annalistic history;
  • Dio's account of formation of “First Triumvirate” foregrounds an author relentlessly cynical about self-interested basis of human motivation;
  • Caesar presenting himself - writers of the high Roman Empire as multifarious figure;
  • lengthy treatments of Appian and Cassius Dio - give him his most intriguing expression;
  • challenges of interpretation and composition - individual of Caesar's stature presents to writer of a large-scale history


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  • Further Reading