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    DescriptionTraditional approaches have reduced Caesar's Bellum Civile to a tool for teaching Latin or to one-dimensional propaganda, thereby underestimating its artistic properties and ideological complexity. Reading strategies typical of scholarship on Latin poetry, like intertextuality, narratology, semantic, rhetorical and structural analysis, cast a new light on the Bellum Civile: Ciceronian language advances Caesar's claim to represent Rome; technical vocabulary reinforces the ethical division between 'us' and the 'barbarian' enemy; switches of focalization guide our perception of the narrative; invective and characterization exclude the Pompeians from the Roman community, according to the mechanisms of rhetoric; and the very structure of the work promotes Caesar's cause. As a piece of literature interacting with its cultural and socio-political world, the Bellum Civile participates in Caesar's multimedia campaign of self-fashioning. A comprehensive approach, such as has been productively applied to Augustus' program, locates the Bellum Civile at the interplay between literature, images and politics.


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    Title
    The Art of Caesar's Bellum Civile
    Subtitle
    Literature, Ideology, and Community
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Luca Grillo
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 234
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781107009493
    ISBN 10: 1107009499
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
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    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
    DC22: 937/.06
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    LC classification: PA6238.B3 G75 2012
    BISAC region code: 1.5.3.0.0.0.0
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    Thema V1.0: DSBB, NHD, NHC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    1 table
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    29 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Author Information
    Luca Grillo is Assistant Professor of Classics at Amherst College, Massachusetts and has written on subjects as diverse as Vergil's women; narratology in Caesar; Augustine and the destruction of the temple of Caelestis in Carthage; and Nobilior's temple of Hercules Musarum. Current and future projects include a monograph on Fortuna and a commentary on Cicero's De Provinciis Consularibus.
    Review quote
    'By keeping in focus both the techniques of representation and what is at stake in them, the author shows the substance behind the rhetoric and demonstrates why historiography matters. Because of this and its crisp presentation of Caesar's modes of persuasion, The Art of Caesar's 'Bellum Civile' is a perfect book for a college level Caesar class and an excellent book for those teaching Caesar at any level.' Luca Grillo, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
    Table of contents
    Introduction. Between ancient and modern approaches: admirers and detractors of Caesar; 1. The swift and the slow: Caesar's art of characterization; 2. The great contest: constantia, innocentia, pudor, and virtus; 3. Redefining loyalty; 4. The limits and risks of Caesar's leniency; 5. The barbarization of the enemy; 6. Two army-communities and their effect on the Roman people; 7. Shaping the future of Rome: the architecture of the Bellum Civile; Appendix 1. Chronology of the Civil War (pre-Julian calendar) and narrative structure of the Bellum Civile; Appendix 2. Composition, publication and genre of the Bellum Civile; Appendix 3. The manuscript tradition of the Bellum Civile. Opening, end and book division.