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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 ‘Affairs’ of Mr Julius Caesar and Others

The ‘Affairs’ of Mr Julius Caesar and Others

(p.26) Chapter 5 The ‘Affairs’ of Mr Julius Caesar and Others
Julius Caesar
Luciano Canfora, Julian Stringer
Edinburgh University Press

The costs of election campaigns for the pontificate and the praetorship exhausted Caesar's finances, and his debts were a continuing concern. He knew very well that the last resort of those beset by debts was civil war. When young men of his class utterly ruined by debt sought his assistance, if there was no other way to help them out of their difficulties, he replied with pitiless realism that ‘what they needed was civil war’. At first sight this seemed a paradoxical witticism, but it well illustrates an immediate connection in Caesar' s mind: war as a response to debt and economic ruin for groups of the ruling classes who found themselves in serious difficulties.

Keywords:   Julius Caesar, pontificate, praetorship, civil war, debts, election campaigns

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