Julius Caesar

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Impact of personality on career; significance of his writings

Make points Caesar's personality from the "Some Assessments of Caesar" handout. Also refer to Caesar's ambition, his military prowess and his attitude to the civil war and to the republic.

Cicero praised Caesar’s writing:
“They (the Commentaries) are like nude figures, upright and beautiful, stipped of all ornament of style as if they had removed a garment. His aim was to provide source material for others, and perhaps he has gratified the insensitive, who may wish to use their curling-tongs on his work; but men of good sense he has deterred from writing.” Cicero Letters to Brutus quoted in the introduction to Caesar, The Civil War, p.26

Consider the purpose and effects of his war commentaries.