Chapter Nine. Friends, Associates, and Wives

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Catherine Steel Professor

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch9

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Steel, C. (2009) Friends, Associates, and Wives, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch9

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Glasgow, UK

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • friends, associates, and wives;
  • cautiousness in using Caesar's position as dictator as framework for understanding his friendships in his public career;
  • lasting friendships - less easy to trace in Caesar's career before 60;
  • At Rome - Caesar engages in high-profile popularis activities, support for Pompeius' commands against the pirates and then Mithridates;
  • Caesar's victory in Civil War - meaning that offices at Rome were held by his supporters;
  • Matius, another equestrian adherent of Caesar - Cicero remarks that he was instrumental in strengthening relationship between Caesar and Cicero in the mid-50s;
  • his friendships within political sphere as improvisatory and flexible - other men behaved differently, but Caesar's choices were exceptional


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  • Further Reading