Chapter Twenty-Nine. Caesar for Communists and Fascists

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Luciano Canfora Professor chief editor President

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch29

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Canfora, L. (2009) Caesar for Communists and Fascists, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch29

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Bari, Italy

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • Caesar for communists and fascists;
  • Caesarism - what Caesar adopted at the end of his political trajectory was an incomplete and provisional solution;
  • Napoleon Bonaparte - drew his inspiration from development of Roman constitution after Caesar – namely the Empire – but he too avoided the word “monarchy”;
  • Caesarian model to its extreme - nonetheless, although eventually defeated, he perpetuated the “myth” of Caesar;
  • on St. Helena he dictated a literary work - Preécis des guerres de Jules Ceésar, representing a sort of “settlement of accounts” between the Emperor and his Roman archetype


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading