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Reception of Julius Caesar
Rome, March 2003


An international conference to be held 
on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 March 2003
at the British School at Rome, Italy

Call for Papers

From the labelling of Andreotti as il divo Giulio, to Berlusconi's appeal
to Caesar, and the annual rituals of commemoration whereby spring flowers
are placed at the feet of Caesar's statue and in his forum, the dictator
is still central to modern Italian political discourse. This usage is but
one example of the extraordinary and enduring presence of Julius Caesar in
post-classical cultures. Associated with a sharp turning point in the
history of western civilisation, Caesar quickly took on monumental,
quasi-mythic proportions.  Whether as founder or destroyer, over the
centuries Caesar's image has become a site for the exploration of concerns
about warfare and politics and been utilised in the formation of many
national identities. From a different perspective, Caesar has also been
used to construct or interrogate personal identity (including uniqueness,
leadership, even divinity), morality and virtue.

This conference seeks to examine Caesar as a significant term in the
formation of national and personal self-definitions. It sets out to
explore the dictator's reception across a wide chronological range and
diverse media, including the new technologies. While retaining a strong
focus on Julius Caesar, the conference will be both interdisciplinary and
cross-cultural. It is expected that selected papers would be published in
book form, as with some previous BSR conferences.

Contributions are invited from scholars working in the widest possible
range of disciplines, and might include Caesar's reception in the
following areas:  ancient history, archaeology, biography, consumerism &
advertising, erotica, film and television, historical fiction,
historiography, military history & theory (inc. war games & computer
games), museology, music, pedagogy, political science, theatre, the visual
arts. Proposals should consist of an abstract (c. 500 words) and brief cv
(inc. any relevant publications), and be sent in an email not as an

Proposals should be sent to Dr Maria Wyke ( by 31
July 2002. For further information on the conference's location, please
visit the British School at Rome's web-site (

Dr. Maria Wyke
Senior Lecturer in Classics, FOLSS
University of Reading
Whiteknights Campus
Reading RG6 6AA, UK