Chapter Six. The Assassination

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Andrew Lintott

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch6

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Lintott, A. (2009) The Assassination, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. King's 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



  • the assassination;
  • fragments of the biography of Augustus - written by his contemporary Nicolaus of Damascus, a client of the Julian dynasty;
  • explanation of causation – Thucydidean, “ some formed the conspiracy with some sort of hope that, if they put him (Caesar) out of the way, they themselves would be leaders in place of him”;
  • others embittered through indignation over what they suffered in the war because of the death of their kin or loss of money or high office in the city;
  • “concealing their indignation - they claimed as a specious pretext that they resented the rule of one man and sought republican government”;
  • according to annalists - new regime terrified of reimposition of monarchic rule whether from outside or from inside through aspirations of aristocratic leaders who had deposed the Tarquins


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