Julius Caesar: What's Fact and What's Fiction? - featuring Melissa Dowling / Southern Methodist University

Caesar salad? Caesarian sections? Beware the Ides of March? Which of these popular items are actually connected to Julius Caesar’s extraordinary life? Caesar’s campaign in Gaul, his successes in the civil war against Pompey the Great, his liaison with Cleopatra, and his assassination by his own friends and former supporters, are all historical. But for countless artists and poets, for Shakespeare, Napoleon, Mussolini, Hitler, Patton, and many others across world history, Caesar has served as inspiration, model, and warning. In this course, we’ll examine Caesar’s early successes in politics and oratory, as well as his military career. We’ll also discover which legends surrounding his deeds are based in truth and which, like the salad dressing, are fictions?

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