'The Mental Breakdown of a Roman Senator'
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This paper discusses three key arguments in the article 'The Mental Breakdown of a Roman Senator: M. Calpurnius Bibulus' from "Greece and Rome that the author, Michael J. G. Gray-Fow, uses to explain Senator Bibulus' irrational behavior during the Civil War of 49 B.C. between J. Caesar and Pompy. The paper explains that Gray-Fow supports these arguments with historical writings by Livy, Cicero, Caesar and others and details the events that led to Bibulus' fall. The paper points out, however, that there are no historical writings from Bibulus in existence today, only these biased second-hand reports.
From the Paper:"When Caesar crossed the Rubicon and began the Roman Civil War, Bibulus was recalled to Rome to help with the defense. He moved slowly and did not reach Rome in time, meanwhile, Pompy's army had moved to Brudusmin and Bibulus met up with him there. He was given command of Pompy's navy, which out numbered Caesar's fleet considerably. His orders were to prevent Caesar from landing in Greece where Pompy was regrouping. Caesar crossed the Adriatic during the winter, a move no one expected due to the storms common in that season."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Michael J.G. Gray-Fow, "The Mental Breakdown of a Roman Senator: M. Calpurnius Bibulus," Greece and Rome, 37, (1990): 179-190
Cite this Article Review:
'The Mental Breakdown of a Roman Senator' (2009, February 18) Retrieved September 25, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/the-mental-breakdown-of-a-roman-senator-112282/
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