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The Breakdown of the Late Republic, 88–31 BC

Julius Caesar

[Source: BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time]


Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life, work and reputation of Julius Caesar. Famously assassinated as he entered the Roman senate on the Ides of March, 44 BC, Caesar was an inspirational general who conquered much of Europe. He was a ruthless and canny politician who became dictator of Rome, and wrote The Gallic Wars, one of the most admired and studied works of Latin literature. Shakespeare is one of many later writers to have been fascinated by the figure of Julius Caesar. With Christopher Pelling, Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford; Catherine Steel, Professor of Classics at the University of Glasgow; and Maria Wyke, Professor of Latin at University College London.

Julius Caesar

[Source: BBC Radio 4 - Great Lives, Series 12 Episode 8 of 9]

Series of biographical discussions with Matthew Parris. 8/9. Archaeologist Barry Cunliffe nominates Julius Caesar.

A brilliant orator and military tactician, Caesar was undoubtedly talented, yet he failed to find political solutions to the problems of the late Roman Republic.

A Bullet with Your Name on

[Source: Ashmolean Latin podcast]

Jane Masséglia and Hannah Cornwell talk about a signed slingshot bullet used in 41/40 BC, during the Roman Civil War, in a battle between the young Octavian, and the family of Mark Antony.