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Author Topic: Chapter 02: Jesus Among the Julio-Claudians (Caesar Gotta-a-Lotta Gaul)  (Read 1606 times)
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« on: August 11, 2017, 04:35:44 PM »

The following is an excerpt from:

"Jesus Among the Julio-Claudians"
copyright 2017 Charles N. Pope

Caesar Got-a-Lotta Gaul

In the year 60 BC, Julius Caesar was about 40 years old, epileptic and balding. His military record to date consisted of many more “defeats” than “victories.” By his own admission, his dossier bore little or no resemblance to that of Alexander the Great. However, Caesar’s surprising election as Consul of Rome in 59 BC and his masterminding of the so-called 1st Triumvirate (with Crassus and Pompey) that same year has an obvious explanation. The births of Ptolemy XIII (the future Octavian/Caesar Augustus) around 63 BC and his younger brother Ptolemy XIV (the future Marcus Agrippa, right hand man of Augustus) before 60 BC represented tacit triumphs that triggered Caesar's reversal in political, financial and military fortunes. Royal succession was much more frequently settled in the bedroom than the battlefield. And this particular succession would be no exception to that rule. By the end of 60 BC, Caesar had already done enough to secure his election as the next Great King of the royal franchise, and barring only the 11th hour (Alexander-esque) heroics in fatherhood by Pompey through his latest marriage to Caesar’s own teenage daughter Julia.

Significantly, Caesar was said to have been in Britain, the launching pad for many an emperor-in-waiting and the traditional base for kingly recoveries from time immemorial, when he was informed that Pompey’s marriage to Julia had ended in disaster. Caesar graciously offered yet another young lady to Pompey, his own putative grandniece, as one more last-ditch attempt at producing a qualified heir, but this was flatly declined. Pompey had finally conceded the succession to Caesar and dutifully set the sad end game of his illustrious career in motion.

Caesar’s governorships had been lucrative. The Gallic Wars were also a solid résumé builder, but still not altogether epic. Before returning to Italy Caesar needed to accomplish something fully worthy of the next Alexander in a continuing line of Alexanders, and also clearly demanding of a public Triumph in Rome. After Alexander the Great had reached the furthest extent of his conquest in India to the East, he nearly lost his life when he decided to punish yet one more rebellious tribe on the way out. This provided an inspiration to Caesar, who had just pushed the limits of Roman dominance in the opposite direction. Alexander the Great had in fact also envisioned a conquest in Europe to the West, and Caesar could reasonably claim that he was now performing it. All Caesar lacked was a dramatic exit from Europe to match (and perhaps even excel!) that of Alexander from India.

Alexander had laid siege to the fortress of the “Mallians,” who were referred to as the “Molossians” by the Roman writer Pliny the Elder. Caesar’s designated target was also a fortress, which belonged to the “Alesians.” Gallic rebels led by Vercingetorix were holed up at Alesia even as Mallian rebels had earlier sought refuge from Alexander the Great. These fortresses shared another distinctive feature in that they were surrounded by rivers in addition to their normal defensive structures. Alexander had been critically wounded and was expected to die. In contrast, Caesar survived his designer ordeal without so much as a scratch. In a sense, this signified Caesar as greater than Alexander, or at least one that was more patient and faithful to royal protocol. However, Alexander’s wounds had not been forgotten or dismissed. The identification of Caesar with this critical element of Alexander’s career would come later and be fulfilled in an even more dramatic fashion, if that were possible. Such an occult-like attention to kingly precedent was not a Roman but a thoroughly royal characteristic.

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