Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Caesar uses elements of epic and tragic type-scenes to create heroic resonances in book 5 of the Bellum Gallicum. By invoking the heroic world and implicitly likening his role to that of the gods in the context of 54 b.c.e. (a particularly difficult year in the Gallic campaigns), Caesar reassures his audience of his efficiency and effectiveness in command. Caesar's struggles in 54 are reframed as dramatic and heroic exploits, and temporary challenges to his command in Gaul are resolved by Caesar's infallible will and counsel.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9234
Print ISSN
0009-8418
Pages
pp. 351-370
Launched on MUSE
2018-05-15
Open Access
No
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