All Things Julius Caesar: An Encyclopedia of Caesar's World by Michael Lovano

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Julius Caesar's lifestyles and instance have involved and stimulated generations of individuals for almost 2,000 years. This booklet explores the folks, locations, occasions, and associations that helped outline arguably the main well-known person within the historical past of Rome.

• offers details on Julius Caesar that top university scholars, undergraduates, and basic readers will locate obtainable and useful

• presents an encyclopedic scope and extensive insurance in addition to distinct, particular specialize in specific subject matters and subject matters from Caesar's world

• Relates the relevance of the Roman adventure from millennia in the past to modern day social and political issues

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91–87 BCE The majority of Rome’s allies in Italy wage a war of rebellion against the Republic, the so-called Social War, especially over the issue of citizenship rights. 89–85 BCE King Mithradates VI of Pontus rebels against Rome in an attempt to expand his own territory across Asia Minor and Greece. 88 BCE Sulla holds the magistracy of consul with Pompeius Rufus as colleague. Chased out of Rome by the radical plebeian tribune Sulpicius Rufus and his ally, Marius, Sulla returns with a Roman army against the city and seizes it by force, the first time a Roman general and Roman soldiers had ever done so.

In addition, some moved temporarily to nearby towns during the slower seasons of the year as day laborers or craftsmen and then moved back again to the farm during the busier time of year. All or most of those employed on estates like the one described were slaves by Caesar’s day. Scanty literary and archaeological evidence, the latter especially from cemeteries, suggests that in Italy alone slaves made up perhaps one-third of the total population; in North Africa and the eastern provinces of the empire, the proportion would have been much greater.

The Gallic warriors gravitated to that point when they saw Caesar personally involved; inspired by their commander’s presence, his own men surrounded and slaughtered the Gallic force, including the war chief Vercassivellaunus, a relation of Vercingetorix. In the aftermath of this defeat, the remaining Gauls outside Alesia withdrew and those inside decided to surrender their weapons and themselves the next day; Caesar assigned the prisoners as hostages under the guard of his own men, Vercingetorix especially to be held for future display in Caesar’s triumphant return to Rome.

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