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shanmukhsingh | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 7, 2009 at 9:06 PM via web

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Why is dead Caesar more powerful than the living one?

this question means how caesarism wasn't over though caesar was  dead


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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 8, 2009 at 2:01 AM (Answer #1)

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A good question. A dead Caesar can be more powerful than a living one for two reasons. First,  within a Roman ideology, he could now be safely considered a god, and/or having gone to join the gods. This combines with the Roman practice of venerating the ancestors, giving a dead Caesar a lot of spiritual weight. The second reason is a bit more cynical. A living Caesar can always make mistakes, and can irritate people or make enemies through his current actions. A dead Caesar is a symbol, and can be seen as perfect.

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