Caesar is widely thought to be the most famous Roman of all. Born to a patrician but not especially prominent family in 100 BCE, he went on to become a leading senator, general, and finally dictator, before falling victim to a conspiracy against his life in March 44 BCE. His career may be divided into several distinct stages:

100-61 BCE. As a young man Caesar was influenced by relatives from the Aurelian family, who were followers of Sulla, and by his aunt's husband Marius, the great general who entered the senate as a “new man” (homo novus), the first of his family to hold public office at Rome, but eventually held an unprecedented seven consulships. When civil war developed between Marius and Sulla, the …

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.

Stevenson, Thomas Reginald. "Julius Caesar". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 July 2009
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Articles on Caesar's works

  1. Commentarii de Bello Civili [Commentaries on the Civil War]
  2. Commentarii de Bello Gallico [Commentaries on the Gallic War]