Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ethics of Leadership: Organization and Decision-Making in Caesar's "Bellum Gallicum"
by Johnson, Kyle P., Ph.D., New York University, 2012, 207; 3546423
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation studies how Julius Caesar represents himself as an ideal leader in the Bellum Gallicum. It argues that Caesar achieves this idealized self-portrait through interactional relationships between the general's mind and his subordinate officers. Chapter 1 analyzes how Caesar communicates with his army and foreigners. In reference to the Greco-Roman literary tradition, Chapter 2 is about the general's mind and the importance that the text gives to his decision-making process. Chapter 3 looks at episodes in which subordinate officers must deliberate for themselves, and how these independent deliberations ultimately demonstrate the brilliance of Caesar's organization of the army and his centrality to it. Considered together, the three chapters demonstrate that Caesar's mind and its manifestation portray Caesar as a uniquely qualified bearer of Roman imperium.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Connolly, Joy
Commitee: Levene, David S., Meineck, Peter, Peachin, Michael
School: New York University
Department: Classics
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 74/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Classical studies, Biographies
Keywords: Bellum Gallicum, Caesar, Julius, Communication, Decision-making, Gallic War, Leadership, Roman Empire
Publication Number: 3546423
ISBN: 9781267799852
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