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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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Epicureans in Revolt?

Epicureans in Revolt?

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(p.296) Chapter 33 Epicureans in Revolt?
Source:
Julius Caesar
Author(s):
Luciano Canfora, Julian Stringer
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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.003.0033

The historian Arnaldo Momigliano claimed that persons of Epicurean belief dominated the conspiracy against Caesar, and that Epicureanism — creatively reformulated in the fifth book of Lucretius — underpinned the anti-monarchic rebellion of these ‘Epicureans in revolt’. His belligerent essay is compelling but largely unfounded, especially in its central tenets: that the conspirators and later republican fighters were mostly ‘unconventional’ (that is, politically committed) Epicureans, and that Lucretius was their formative reading. It remains a good article on the aesthetic level, extolling the ‘heroic’ nexus between Epicureanism in philosophy and militant libertarian republicanism in politics.

Keywords:   Julius Caesar, Arnaldo Momigliano, Epicureanism, militant libertarian republicanism, conspiracy, Lucretius

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