Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon

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Historical Context Note

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.

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Citation:
Bouchard, Elsa. "Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2010
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