凯撒与凯撒传统

  • 李悦诚
  • University of Colorado Boulder

Et tu, Brute! Even you, Brutus! As Caesar fell onto the Senate floor with 27 deadly wounds on the Ides of March, 44 BCE, he was perhaps as confused as everyone who tries to understand his life and deeds—who am I, Julius Caesar? Am I the savior of Rome from tumult, or an ambitious usurper? An esteemed public figure, or a suspect of imperial rule? A valiant and accomplished general, or the overthrower of the Roman Republic?

As his dramatic death sealed his dramatic life, Caesar and his time never failed to intrigue those who came after him. From Roman historians to Greek biographers, from medieval monks to Renaissance humanists, from Napoleon to Mussolini, Caesar and his legacies were understood and instituted in ways both encouraging and frustrating, insightful and problematic.

Despite many voices charged with different attitudes toward Caesar, Caesar has lived a life so rich and profound in both content and meaning that it beckons careful analysis from every one of us. As we try to understand him within his historical context, we will also investigate how the Caesarean tradition casts a fascinating light onto the cultural-political geography of early Italian Renaissance, where scholars often look to ancient Rome as their model for civic and moral excellence.

Both then and now, history reminds its readers of perspectives, contexts, and sympathy. In this course, we as modern students of ancient history will create our understandings of Caesar and his tradition.

讲师介绍:

李悦诚,University of Colorado Boulder古典学系研究生。本科毕业于Carleton College,主修历史学和古典学,辅修中世纪与文艺复兴研究。研究兴趣主要包括古希腊戏剧与城邦政治、西方古代历史编纂学(historiography)、史学传统和文艺复兴以来欧洲以古典学为中心的学术史与文化史,掌握古希腊语、拉丁语并能用德语、意大利语进行交流和阅读文献,曾在希腊、意大利、德国等国的文化机构开展历史与考古的研究课题。读书期间,还在美国的初中有三年教学经历,并担任过美国大学暑期课程的助教。

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