Julius Caesar

According to Richard Girling

The flashing blades on the ides of March delivered to Julius Caesar exactly what he had planned that they should: immortality.

According to Francesco Carotta

Julius Caesar, son of Venus and founder of the Roman Empire, was elevated to the status of Imperial God, Divus Julius, after his violent death. The cult that surrounded him dissolved as Christianity surfaced.

A cult surrounding Jesus Christ, son of God and originator of Christianity, appeared during the second century. Early historians, however, never mentioned Jesus and even now there is no actual proof of his existence.

On the one hand, an actual historical figure missing his cult, on the other, a cult missing its actual historical figure: intriguing mirror images.

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  1. According to Mary Beard

    This analysis of Caesar’s murder is the last of a series of fascinating case studies that together make up Remembering the Roman People. […] [Wiseman’s] aim […] is to put some ideology back into our understanding of Roman political life, and to bring the important democratic traditions of Rome to the surface once more.

    […] What version of Roman history, he is asking, would the Roman people have told?

    This is, of course, a very difficult question to answer, for the simple reason that the surviving Roman literature is so overwhelmingly conservative, and largely blind to the impact of democratic opinion. […] the works of Cicero are so dominant among the surviving sources for the late Republic that it has proved hard for modern historians not to see the Roman world through his conservative eyes. Cicero’s devastating caricature of most radical politicians as crazed, power-hungry, would-be tyrants has regularly been taken as a statement of fact rather than a reflection of his political prejudice.

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