Julius Caesar and the Point of No Return: The Show Notes

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Here is a picture of the Rubicon in winter, when Julius Caesar crossed it. No idea if this is the same river.

Our modern sources for this episode include:

Adrian Goldsworthy’s Caesar: Life of a Colossus

Patricia Southern’s Julius Caesar: A Life

Jack Johnson’s Ambition without Boundaries: How Julius Caesar’s Thirst for Conquest Shaped the Ancient World, and Impacted the Modern One

And our ancient sources include:

Plutarch’s Parallel Lives (Bernadotte Perrin translation):

Life of Caesar
Life of Crassus
Life of Pompey
Life of Cicero
Life of Cato

Suetonius’ Twelve Caesars: Life of Caesar (J.C. Rolfe translation)

Cassius Dio’s Roman History (Earnest Cary translation)

Appian’s Gallic War (Horace White translation)

1 Comment on Julius Caesar and the Point of No Return: The Show Notes

  1. Hey guys. Loved this episode a lot. The love letter in the senate is my favourite story about Cato too! His face must’ve been a picture. What on earth was going through Servilia’s mind writing to Caesar just at that moment?! Just a couple of things. Pompey’s co-consul in 52 was his new father-in-law, Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio Nasica. The Marcelli were consuls the next two years after that. Also, the idea that patricians still dominated politics belongs to the early Republic, really. Patricians were technically only those who could trace their ancestry to senators at the time of the kings or at least the early republic, so a tiny number of families. Cicero and Cato were both plebeians.

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