Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Better than (when) a Magistrate? Caesar’s Suspension from Magisterial Functions in 62 BC

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Mnemosyne

According to Suetonius, in 62 BC the praetor Caesar was ‘banished from the administration of the state’ and left the forum. A spontaneous gathering (coetus) offered him help in recovering his position. Unexpectedly he restrained the crowd, and the grateful senate itself restored him to his rank. Even though only Suetonius explicitly mentions Caesar’s suspension, in fact, all our sources allow this. I will argue that Caesar did not lose his magistracy, just like the plebeian tribune Metellus Nepos affected by the same measures. Nor did the suspension include the restriction of any magisterial prerogatives. Instead, it meant the loss of political initiative. However, Caesar was still able to respond to the initiative of others. Suetonius’ account raises a number of questions about the political role of those who found themselves at the moment of transition from a position of a magistratus to that of a privatus, and vice versa.

Affiliations: 1: P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University, Dept. of General History


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Agamben G. 2005 State of Exception Chicago/London [Crossref]
2. Bauman R.A. 1966"The Abdication of Collatinus" Acta Classica Vol 9 129 141
3. Brennan C.T. 2000 The Praetorship in the Roman Republic 2 vols. Oxford
4. Broughton T.R.S. 1951-1986 Magistrates of the Roman Republic 3 vols. Atlanta
5. Brutscher C. 1958 Analysen zu Suetons Divus Iulius und der Parallelüberlieferung Bern/Stuttgart
6. Butler H.E., Cary M. 1927 C. Suetoni Tranquilli Divus Iulius Oxford
7. Carcopino J. 1968 5 Jules César Paris
8. Cordier P. 1994"M. Caelius Rufus, le préteur récalcitrant" MEFRA Vol 106 2 533 577 [Crossref]
9. Edwards M.J. 1991 Plutarch. The Lives of Pompey, Caesar and Cicero Bristol
10. Fechner D. 1986 Untersuchungen zu Cassius Dios Sicht der Römischen Republik Hildesheim/Zürich/New York
11. Fehrle R. 1983 Cato Uticensis Darmstadt
12. Frolov R.M. forthcoming"The ‘Wrong’ Meetings? Some Notes on the Linked Usage of the Terms coetus and contiones in the Political Language of the Roman Republic" van der Blom H., Gray Ch., Steel C. Institutions and Ideology in Republican Rome. Speech, Audience and Decision Cambridge
13. Garofalo L. 2008"In tema di iustitium" Garofalo L. Piccoli scritti di diritto penale romano Padova 61 83
14. Gelzer M. 1968 Caesar, Politician and Statesman Oxford
15. Gesche H. 1976 Caesar Darmstadt
16. Golden G.K. 2013 Crisis Management during the Roman Republic. The Role of Political Institutions in Emergencies Cambridge/New York [Crossref]
17. Greenidge A.H.J. 1901 The Legal Procedure of Cicero’s Time Oxford
18. Gruen E. 1995 The Last Generation of the Roman Republic Berkeley
19. Haimson Lushkov A. 2015 Magistracy and the Historiography of the Roman Republic. Politics in Prose Cambridge [Crossref]
20. Hansen M.H. 1976 Apagoge, Endeixis and Ephegesis against Kakourgoi, Atimoi and Pheugontes. A Study in the Athenian Administration of Justice in the Fourth Century BC Odense
21. Hänisch E. 1937 Die Caesar-Biographie Suetons (Diss. Münster)
22. Hölkeskamp K.-J. 2011"The Roman Republic as Theatre of Power. The Consuls as Leading Actors" Beck H., Duplá A., Jehne M., Pina Polo F. Consuls and res publica. Holding High Office in the Roman Republic Cambridge/New York 161 181 [Crossref]
23. Jehne M. 1997 Caesar München
24. Kemezis A.M. 2014 Greek Narratives of the Roman Empire under the Severans. Cassius Dio, Philostratus and Herodian. Greek Culture in the Roman World Cambridge/New York [Crossref]
25. Kloft H. 1977 1978"Bemerkungen zum Amtsentzug in der römischen Republik" Zeitschrift des Aachener Geschichtsvereins Vol 84 85 161 180
26. Kloft H. 1980"Caesar und die Amtsentsetzung der Volkstribunen im Jahre 44. v. Chr." Historia Vol 29 315 334
27. Kunkel W., Wittmann R. 1995 Staatsordnung und Staatspraxis der römischen Republik. Die Magistratur München
28. Lintott A.W. 1968 Violence in Republican Rome Oxford
29. Mason H.J. 1974 Greek Terms for Roman Institutions. A Lexicon and Analysis Toronto
30. Meyer E. 1922 3 Caesars Monarchie und das Principat des Pompejus. Innere Geschichte Roms von 66 bis 44 v. Chr Stuttgart/Berlin
31. Mommsen Th. 1887 1888 Römisches Staatsrecht 3 vols. Leipzig
32. Pelling Ch. 2011 Plutarch. Caesar. Translated with Introduction and Commentary Oxford/New York
33. Rilinger R. 1989"Loca intercessionis und Legalismus in der späten Republik" Chiron Vol 19 481 498
34. Ryan F.X. 1998 Rank and Participation in the Republican Senate Stuttgart
35. Scantamburlo C. 2011 Svetonio, Vita di Cesare Pisa
36. Schäfer Th. 1989 Imperii Insignia. Sella curulis und Fasces. Zur Repräsentation römischer Magistrate Mainz
37. Seager R. 2002 2 Pompey the Great. A Political Biography Oxford [Crossref]
38. Shackleton Bailey D.R. 1977 Cicero. Epistulae ad familiaresVol vol. 1 Cambridge
39. Stadter P.A., Waterfield R. 1999 Roman Lives. A Selection of Eight Lives Oxford
40. Steidle W. 1951 Sueton und die antike Biographie München
41. Stevenson T. 2015 Julius Caesar and the Transformation of the Roman Republic London/New York
42. Strasburger H. 1938 Caesars Eintritt in die Geschichte München
43. Syme R. 1939 The Roman Revolution Oxford/New York
44. Tatum W.J. 1999 The Patrician Tribune. Publius Clodius Pulcher London
45. Taylor L.R. 1949 Party Politics in the Age of Caesar Berkeley/Los Angeles
46. Thommen L. 1989 Das Volkstribunat der späten Römischen Republik Stuttgart
47. von Ungern-Sternberg J. 1970 Untersuchungen zum spätrepublikanischen Notstandsrecht. Senatus consultum ultimum und hostis-Erklärung München
48. Walter G. 1947 César Paris
49. Winterling A. 2009 Politics and Society in Imperial Rome Malden, MA/Oxford/Chichester

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Mnemosyne — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation