Like many ancient figures, Julius Caesar is often used to promote or diminish political power in the present. Different images or tropes of Caesar have been employed by modern authors to convey a desired message on the uses or abuses of political power today. For example, an author will focus on one aspect of Caesar’s character and will often portray him either as a popular politician, a brilliant general or a ruthless dictator. Within these tropes there is still room for further distinctions. By emphasising certain characteristics and focusing on particular events, one can drastically adjust the overall picture of Caesar. At the beginning of his political career, Caesar can be cast as a demagogue, a saviour of the Republic or a symbol of Rome’s imperial future. This paper will investigate the use of Caesar as a popular Republican politician to promote or diminish specific political regimes during the Cold War. The trope of Caesar as a popular politician was used surprisingly frequently in discourses of political power in the immediate postwar period.

Presenter: Tyla Cascaes (The University of Queensland)

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