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Julius CaesarThe People's Dictator$
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Luciano Canfora

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619368

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.001.0001

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The Dictatorship

The Dictatorship

Chapter:
(p.287) Chapter 32 The Dictatorship
Source:
Julius Caesar
Author(s):
Luciano Canfora, Julian Stringer
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.003.0032

The ‘expansion’ of the dictatorship led to the crisis. Caesar's decision to identify his own real power indefinitely with the traditional, constitutional dictatorship was not in reality a matter of choice. The dictatorship was the only instrument that allowed him freedom of action with respect to his followers. The stages through which the ‘revitalisation’ of the dictatorship had been achieved by the beginning of the civil war are reviewed.

Keywords:   Julius Caesar, dictatorship, power, civl war

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