Chapter Two. From the Iulii to Caesar

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Ernst Badian FBA Professor

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch2

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Badian, E. (2009) From the Iulii to Caesar, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch2

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. John Moors Cabot Professor of History, Emeritus, Harvard, England

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • from the Iulii to Caesar;
  • origin of the Iulii, shrouded in myth - deriving ancestry from Aeneas and Venus long before the age of Caesar;
  • Patricians - the oldest Roman aristocracy;
  • institution of contubernium deserves some comment - “the cement of the res publica”;
  • Caesar - now a member of the proconsul's suite;
  • young Caesar - impressed by his first experience of an Oriental court;
  • young Caesar - testing his skill as an orator;
  • Caesar's eagerness to engage in war - Suet. Iul. 5 writes of “most eager support” for removing restrictions on tribunate of the Plebs imposed by Sulla