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AA9 VERSTEEG PRINT DOC 4 4 2005 3 27 PM LAW AND JUSTICE IN CAESAR S GALLIC WARS Russ VerSteeg INTRODUCTION Historians have written so much about Julius Caesar that it may strike one as presumptuous to propose to add anything of value that is novel today The present study has a rather limited scope My method has been to focus on Caesar s own writing In particular using Caesar s monograph on the Gallic Wars De Bello Gallico as a basis this article attempts to gain some insight into his thinking about law 1 We know that Caesar had a great deal of practical experience in law He studied law pled a number of cases in the Roman law courts and held several positions that required him to apply legal principles 2 In addition legal questions significantly affected Caesar s political life and his most important political decisions In fact in some respects legal questions dominated much of what he did in his life 3 Thus it is clear that he was well aware of the principles of practice procedure and Professor New England School of Law Boston Massachusetts A B Latin Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Phi Beta Kappa 1979 J D University of Connecticut School of Law Magna Cum Laude 1987 Sincere thanks to Dean John F O Brien Dean of New England School of Law and the Board of Trustees who provided funding for this Article with an Honorable James R Lawton Summer Research Stipend 1 Since Caesar did not write the last book of De Bello Gallico I have omitted that text from my study See GAIUS SUETONIUS TRANQUILLUS Julius Caesar in THE TWELVE CAESARS 56 at 34 Robert Graves trans 1975 Hirtius who finished The Gallic War left incomplete by Caesar add ed a final book In order to keep this project manageable it was necessary to limit the scope of historical research Therefore for biographical information about Caesar this Article relies primarily on four biographies two ancient and two modern GAIUS SUETONIUS TRANQUILLUS Julius Caesar in THE TWELVE CAESARS 9 49 Robert Graves



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