Rubicon was the name of a river flowing in the northern part of Italy and marking its boundary with Gaul. Caesar's crossing of it with his troops was considered an act of aggression and prompted a civil war between his supporters and detractors.
Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon (43 words)
Historical Context Note
Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.
Save this article
If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.