1st Edition

Politics in the Monuments of Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar

By Eleonora Zampieri Copyright 2023
    230 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the diachronic development of the ideological content of Pompey and Caesar’s monuments in Rome, emphasising the importance of the late Republican period as a precursor to imperial propaganda through architecture.

    In the final years of the Roman Republic, individuals such as Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar exploited the communicative power of architecture. The former promoted the first and largest stone theatre in Rome; the latter started comprehensive town-planning projects that arguably verged on the utopian. Yet the study of the politics expressed by these monuments and how complex late Republican politics shaped the monuments themselves has attracted less attention than that of subsequent imperial architecture. Zampieri addresses this imbalance, exploring the ideological meaning of late Republican monuments and highlighting that monuments were fluid, adaptable entities, even in the lifespan of a single individual. Accompanied by detailed maps and images, this volume shows how late Republican architecture should be considered an important source for understanding politics of this period.

    Politics in the Monuments of Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar will be of use to anyone working on the politics and social world of the late Roman Republic, and on Roman architecture and patronage.

    Introduction; 1. The Protagonists and Their Ideas; 2. The Rising Sun: Pompey’s Monuments and His Three Triumphs; 3. Pacata Gallia? Caesar keeps an eye on Rome; 4. After the war, a new Rome; 5. The building affairs of Mr. Julius Caesar; 6. Conclusions: Let the City Speak; Appendix A: Maps; Appendix B: Chronology Table.


    Eleonora Zampieri is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in Roman History at the Department of Historical, Geographical and Antiquity Studies of the University of Padua (Italy). Her research interests focus on Roman late Republican politics, elections, and institutions, as well as on provincial governance during the Roman Republic.

    'A comprehensive, thought-provoking, and innovative account of the competition between Pompey and Caesar in the sphere of monumental building.' - Tom Stevenson, University of Queensland, Australia