Robert Morstein-Marx F'11, F'94

Robert  Morstein-Marx
Professor
Classics
University of California, Santa Barbara
last updated: 1/18/2019

ACLS Fellowship Program 2011
Professor
Department: Classics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Julius Caesar and the Roman People

Julius Caesar has been the subject of countless biographies and narratives. But such accounts do not grapple directly or deeply enough with Caesar as a phenomenon of Roman republican political culture. Caesar is typically seen as standing against “the Republic,” a polar opposition that structures most accounts. But recent work on late-republican political culture has revealed the popular role in constructing republican norms and values, and from this perspective the traditional opposition breaks down. What Caesar intended or planned is fundamentally unknowable; but the complex history of this relationship (not always untroubled) with the “populus Romanus” proves to be a new and useful way to think about the popular character of the Late Roman Republic and sheds new light on its crisis.

ACLS Fellowship Program 1994
Assistant Professor
University of California, Santa Barbara
Rhetoric and politics in Rome: the 'Contio' in the late Republic,133-42 BC