Chapter Twenty-Four. Some Renaissance Caesars

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Carol Clark Fellow

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch24

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Clark, C. (2009) Some Renaissance Caesars, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch24

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  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford and Westfield College, London, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • some Renaissance Caesars;
  • Caesar's Commentaries - extensively read in France in sixteenth century;
  • identifying peoples conquered by Caesar as ancestors of contemporary Frenchmen lent the Commentaries an added interest;
  • Montaigne's encounter with Caesar - well documented, since his copy of the Commentaries;
  • Caesar and Alexander - praised for their ability to unbend and behave like ordinary human beings, even in moments when great demands are being made of them


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  • Further Reading