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Title: Attacking the World of Five Cohorts: Caesar in January 49
Author(s): RIDLEY, R.T.
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 34    Date: 2004   
Pages: 127-152
DOI: 10.2143/AS.34.0.505238

Abstract :
Ever since 52 BC Pompey's disaffection from Caesar was patent: there can be no coincidence that two of the former's laws totally undermined all of Caesar's best laid plans. Whatever the terminal date of Caesar's Gallic command, of far greater importance is Caesar's obsession with a seamless transition from his provinces to a second consulship. Everyone knew his ruthlessness: it was memories of 59 BC which made his enemies determined to allow him no second chance. How, then, can we explain what happened? To ask the question more pointedly, exactly what did Caesar's enemies think that he would do in January 49 BC?

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