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  • Print publication year: 2017
  • Online publication date: December 2017

Chapter 17 - Caesar and Greek Historians

from Part IV - Sources and Nachleben

The relationship of particular passages of Caesar to particular Greek predecessors has been the subject of several studies: see in particular Bartley (2008) and Pelling (2013) on Caesar and Xenophon and Reggi (2002) and Krebs (2016) on Caesar and Thucydides as well as Grillo (2016) on Caesar and Polybius. The most thoroughgoing study of the tropes of authorship which Caesar shares with his predecessors remains Marincola (1997).

As we have seen above, the study of allusion (whether specific or generic) in Caesar remains an area where there is much to be done, and one that even some quite compendious works on reception have left more or less untouched: Fromentin, Gotteland, and Payen (2010), for example, which otherwise has a remarkable chronological inclusiveness, nevertheless passes by the reception of Thucydides in Caesar. Caesar’s relationship to Greek predecessors is also relevant to several other interesting areas in thinking about Caesar as an author: how far is his authorial persona comparable to/different from theirs? What of his treatment of time and space?