Chapter Seven. General and Imperialist

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Nathan Rosenstein Professor

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch7

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Rosenstein, N. (2009) General and Imperialist, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. Ohio State University, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • general and imperialist;
  • Bellum Gallicum and the Bellum Civile - classics in literature of military history and unique documents for ancient warfare study;
  • becoming a general - aristocratic ethos stressing intense dedication to welfare of the res publica;
  • empire builder - Caesar's intentions in his proconsulate were anything but pacific;
  • Caesar, the strategist - simply reflects his thirst for glory, which he could not win by waiting for some enemy to come to him;
  • Caesar, the Tactician - Caesar clearly demonstrated his particular brand of military genius in battle;
  • as a military commander Caesar was conventional and unique - Roman generals were diplomats and empire-builders as well as leaders of armies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Evidence

  • Becoming a General

  • Empire Builder

  • Strategist

  • Tactician

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading