Chapter Three. Caesar as a Politician

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Erich S. Gruen

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch3

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Gruen, E. S. (2009) Caesar as a Politician, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of History and Classics Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • Caesar as a politician;
  • 63 BC, Julius Caesar - achieving astounding political victory;
  • Personal charisma - doubtless playing a role in Caesar's swift emergence to fame;
  • Caesar following no formulaic line - that would place him consistently in one political camp or another;
  • Caesar's contacts reaching across political lines - his successes defying partisan identification;
  • Caesar knew where real power lay - his association with Rome's most formidable figure, Pompeius Magnus;
  • Caesar's rise to eminence - involving more than just alliances and alignments;
  • Caesar's urging that tribunician powers be restored - falling into that category;
  • Caesar's remarkable ascension to position of Pontifex Maximus;
  • Caesar operating - within traditional modes of political behavior


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Further Reading