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CLA 58 — Julius Caesar and the Roman Republic of Ideas

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 27—Dec 6
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Sep 29
Units: 2
Tuition: $520
Instructor(s): Christopher Krebs
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 22
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Sep 27—Dec 6
10 weeks
Refund Date
Sep 29
2 Units
Christopher Krebs
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 22
Julius Caesar is remembered as a tyrant in Rome and the conqueror of Europe. But he was also a man of letters, who was celebrated by his contemporaries, including enemies, for his various and influential contributions. His Latin is still taught today in high schools, a version of his calendar has dutifully partitioned the years for centuries, his map of northwestern Europe underlies modern cartography, and his sketch of a Gallic wall guides archaeologists even at the beginning of the 21st century. This course will take a close look at Caesar. Along the way, we will read (ancient) biographies of Caesar by Plutarch, Suetonius, and Matthias Gelzer, and Caesar’s Gallic Wars, as well as fragments of his other works, his letters to Cicero, and Thornton Wilder’s Ides of March. We will study Caesar’s map of the world and look at his major intellectual contributions in their Roman republican context, reflect on their “politics” and possible connections with his military accomplishments, and discuss why, as an intellectual, he has been mostly forgotten.

Associate Professor of Classics, Stanford

Christopher Krebs studied Classics and philosophy in Berlin and Kiel and at the University of Oxford and taught at Harvard before coming to Stanford. He is the author of A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich and coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to the Writings of Julius Caesar.