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Title: Julius Caesar in Latin literature from Tiberius to Trajan
Author: England, Bridget E. C.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7661 0657
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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A thesis on the literary reception of Julius Caesar from the reign of Tiberius to that of Trajan is needed because, until now, the main focus of scholarly attention has been on Caesar's place in the literature of the triumviral period and the Augustan age (44 BC - AD 14). Scholarship has also identified a seeming revival of interest in Caesar that took place during Trajan's reign (AD 98 - 117), with texts from this era and beyond seeming to portray Caesar (and not Augustus) as the founder of the Empire. The current investigation will address the relatively neglected period in between - neglected despite the introduction of Caesar as an epic character in Lucan's Pharsalia - and explore wider questions surrounding Caesar's textual representation, including its relationship with the many other ways in which he was being remembered in Rome. By conducting close readings of texts, and using the material culture and urban landscape of Rome as well as other evidence of the political use of Caesar to pose questions to the literature, this critical part of Caesar's early reception is carefully surveyed. Caesar appears as conqueror, writer, orator, assassinated tyrant, divine forefather and monstrous literary construct - to name just some of his depictions. A potentially dangerous point of reference given his fate, Caesar is relevant and valuable to the texts under discussion because in his evocation authors can tackle topics such as politics, statesmanship, religion, family relations, morality and even literature itself. Working chronologically through this period, key considerations include the relationship of text to state and between texts, the role of the reader in recognising traces of Caesar, and the impact that genre and narrative context (not just era) can have on an author's treatment of Caesar.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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