Chapter Eight. Caesar and Religion

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. David Wardle Professor

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch8

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Wardle, D. (2009) Caesar and Religion, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Cape Town, South Africa

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • Caesar and religion;
  • Weinstock's conclusion to Divus Julius by summing up Caesar - “as an imaginative and daring religious reformer, who planned and created new cults”;
  • religious offices and actions in Caesar's Career - Caesar's public career;
  • Caesar and ruler cult - Caesar's religious activities in institution of “ruler cult” in Roman public life;
  • Caesar and the observance of religious practices;
  • Caesar's legislative activities - Pontifex Maximus gives a picture of Caeser's religious actions, ceremony of lustratio important for dedication of the army;
  • religion in Caesar's own works;
  • ancient sources' picture of Caesar and religious observance;
  • Caesar role - regard to Roman state religion, as a political and religious office-holder and as a military commander


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Religious Offices and Actions in Caesar's Career

  • Caesar and Ruler Cult

  • Caesar and the Observance of Religious Practices

  • Religion in Caesar's Own Works

  • Ancient Sources' Picture of Caesar and Religious Observance

  • Conclusion

  • Further Reading