Annals of Caesar: A Critical Biography with a Survey of the Sources

Annals of Caesar: A Critical Biography with a Survey of the Sources

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Annals of Caesar: A Critical Biography with a Survey of the Sources

Annals of Caesar: A Critical Biography with a Survey of the Sources

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The origin or source of this book as a book was in the lecture-room of my graduate students. These earnestly urged that my lectures on the "Life and Letters of Julius Cæsar" be published, in order that they might have and use them for their better equipment as instructors. To this I finally consented. The first two chapters have been entirely recast and rewritten, but the rest of the work, apart from mere verbal changes, is here presented substantially in the form and sequence of the lectures. The added phrase in the subtitle, "a critical biography," is neither unmeaning nor boastful. In a certain way these lectures were reared upon or constructed out of the ancient sources as their only material, being elaborated with an exclusive regard for the same, discarding the popular mode of an artificial modernization of figures and atmosphere.

It thus became necessary to write an important segment of ancient history -- the confluence of all its tributaries into the bed of one broad and deep stream -- to write, I say, with faithful observation of that care and caution which constitutes the essence of classic philology. The relative weight, dependence or coloring, animus or thraldom, of all these writers, Cicero, Sallust, Livy, Velleius, Nicolaus of Damascus, Lucan, Plutarch, Suetonius, Appian, Cassius Dio, as well as of Cæsar himself, together with Hirtius and the military relations of the supplementary accounts, had been studied and sifted by themselves. But the resultant observations and clews have been put into smaller print. Thus these annals themselves, in their . . .

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