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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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Inside and Outside the Conspiracy

Inside and Outside the Conspiracy

(p.39) Chapter 7 Inside and Outside the Conspiracy
Julius Caesar
Luciano Canfora, Julian Stringer
Edinburgh University Press

Caesar's career was marked by two conspiracies: in one of them, which failed, he was a participant ‘from a distance’, or was at least aware of it; of the other, which succeeded, he was the target. He was on the fringes of the Catilinarian conspiracy, but he stood to be swept away by it. It was Cicero who came to his rescue. Somebody had produced documents that seemed to implicate Caesar in the plot. Lucius Vettius, a Roman knight who in his youth had known Cicero at the time of the social war, later a friend of Catiline and a participant in the conspiracy, went over to the other side and denounced the plotters. He declared before the investigation carried out by Novius Niger that he was in possession of compromising letters to Catiline signed by Caesar.

Keywords:   Julius Caesar, conspiracies, Catilinarian conspiracy, Cicero, Lucius Vettius, Catiline, Novius Niger

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