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CLA 58 — Julius Caesar, Man of Letters

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 10—Jun 5
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 23
Unit: 1
Tuition: $355
Instructor(s): Christopher Krebs
Status: Open
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet over 8 Mondays, April 10 - June 5, 7:00 - 8:50 pm, with no class on May 29.
Spring
On-campus course
Mondays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Apr 10—Jun 5
8 weeks
Drop By
Apr 23
1 Unit
Fees
$355
Instructor(s):
Christopher Krebs
Open
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet over 8 Mondays, April 10 - June 5, 7:00 - 8:50 pm, with no class on May 29.
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, man of letters. 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.

Christopher Krebs, Associate Professor of Classics, Stanford

Christopher Krebs studied Classics and philosophy in Berlin, Kiel, and 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, which received the 2012 Christian Gauss Award. Krebs has written for The Wall Street Journal and The Times Literary Supplement.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Mattias Gelzer and Peter Needham , Caesar: Politician and Statesman (ISBN 978-0674090019)
(Required) Thornton Wilder , The Ides of March (ISBN 978-0060088903)
(Required) Julius Caesar and Carolyn Hammond , The Gallic War: Seven Commentaries on The Gallic War with an Eighth Commentary by Aulus Hirtius (ISBN 978-0199540266)
(Required) Suetonius , The Twelve Caesars (ISBN 978-0140455168)
(Required) Julius Caesar and J. M. Carter, The Civil War (Oxford World’s Classics) (ISBN 978-0199540624)