Why is the dead Caesar more powerful than the living one?

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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...

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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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