"Julius Caesar: Hero or Tyrant?"

Past Web Lecture on May 19th with Richard Bowen.

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Julius Caesar who is probably the most famous Ancient Roman of all. A complex figure, Caesar played a significant role in the fall of the Roman Republic.

How much was he responsible for the demise of the Roman Republic? Even today, Caesar still divides opinion.

A mercurial military general, a wily statesman, conqueror of the Gauls, victor of the Roman civil war (49-45 BC), social reformer, and dictator from 46 BC, Caesar was a pivotal figure in Roman life.

This lecture will look at the these very facets of his career, and assess Caesar’s attempts to stay at the pinnacle of Roman life, which brought him into conflict with many politicians, and eventually led to civil war, and, later, his assassination.

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Richard Bowen

has lived in Rome for nearly 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Humanities degree from Middlesex University and a Master in Arts history degree specialising in mediaeval and 20th century history from University College London. Over the years, Richard has led tours to many different sites in Rome and its environs and is particularly fond of Ostia Antica, Tivoli and the ancient Roman sites including the Baths of Caracalla, Trajan's Market and the Ara Pacis. Additionally, Richard, who has also worked for Smart History, likes to get off the "beaten path" leading tours to the areas of Trastevere and the Park of the Aqueducts. Richard is more than happy to guide tours about the Unification of Italy and the defence of the Roman Republic of 1849, and the rise of Italian Fascism. Equally, our (sometimes) favourite Englishman has no objection to being banished to Cerveteri, Tarquinia or Castel Gandolfo for the day.