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A Better Way to Read Caesar

Julius Caesar embodies the contradictions and controversies of the Classical. His influence is everywhere. He set up the 365-day calendar with leap years we use with minor modifications today. July is named for him, as are all history’s Kaisers and Czars. Names like Julia and Cesar and Julio and Jules gained much of their currency because of him. His brutal military exploits brought the Latin language into Gaul and ultimately created the French language. The Roman Republic never recovered from the wounds he dealt. He is one of the most praised writers in history, but his writings fit all too perfectly the definition of a classic: a work which is often praised but seldom read.

The New-Old Mausoleum of Augustus

Corripuere viam interea, qua semita monstrat. Iamque ascendebant collem, qui plurimus urbi imminet, adversasque adspectat desuper arces. Miratur molem Aeneas, magalia quondam, miratur portas strepitumque et strata viarum. Instant ardentes Tyrii pars ducere muros, molirique arcem et manibus subvolvere saxa, pars optare locum tecto et concludere sulco. … ‘O fortunati, quorum iam moenia surgunt!’ Aeneas ait, et fastigia suspicit urbis.

— Aeneid 1.418–438

The Next Generation of Classics Publishing

Last year, I created an edition of Perpetua’s Passio together with a group of high-school students: Mia Donato, Carolyn Engargiola, Eli Gendreau-Distler, Elizabeth Hasapis, Jacob Nguyen, Siddharth Pant, Shamika Podila, Anna Riordan, and Oliver Thompson. The edition, which will be the first in a series of student editions of Latin texts written by women, is available free online here. It is the first of what we call the Experrecta Series, student editions of women Latin authors.