Chapter Twenty-Seven. Caesar and the Two Napoleons

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Claude Nicolet Minister Professor Directeur advisor Membre

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch27

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Nicolet, C. (2009) Caesar and the Two Napoleons, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch27

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Paris, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • Caesar and the two Napoleons;
  • name of Caesar resounded frequently in course of French Revolution;
  • Catherine II – an enlightened despot, perhaps, but ambitious to extend her power - over Poland – the famous remark “There will come a Caesar”;
  • appearance of Caesarism - The word “Caesarism”appeared, at first for talking about the struggle between Papacy and the Empire;
  • Louis-Napole′on Bonaparte - Caesarism of Louis-Napoleéon, who, to begin with, had himself made Caesar by the coup d'eétat of December 2, 1851;
  • historiography of Caesar - with Mommsen's History of Rome


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Appearance of Caesarism

  • Louis-Napoleéon Bonaparte

  • Further Reading