Alea Iacta Est
The work called ‘Alea iacta est’ is a collection of biographies about the life of Julius Caesar flipped on the page where he crosses the river Rubicon proclaiming the phrase ‘Alea iacta est’ (the die is cast). If Caesar ever spoke these words at the banks of the Rubicon remains a mystery because the text on which his main biographers Plutarch and Suetonius base their scriptures is lost. My work is a collection of classical texts translated and published by Loeb Classical Library and starts with Caesars ‘The civil wars’ (in which ‘Alea iacta est’ and Rubicon are not mentioned) and ends with Dio Cassius Roman History. Through this work I shows the birth and evolution of the phrase and thereby the historical construction of a myth. By studying origin of a single phrase we are provided with insight the construction of historical events.
The work is still in progress because I am writing a text that will form a page of the book that is the missing link in the collection of books. This work will look exactly like a Loeb Classical Library publication and complete the collection.
Loeb Classical Library - The Civil Wars - Caesar - 49 BC
Loeb Classical Library - Compendium of Roman History - Velleius Paterculus - approx. 31 AD
Loeb Classical Library - The Civil War - Lucan - 65 AD
Loeb Classical Library - Lives - Plutarch - approx. 120 AD
Loeb Classical Library - Lives of the Caesars - Suetonius - 122 AD
Loeb Classical Library - Roman History - Appian - approx. 165 AD
Loeb Classical Library - The learned banqueters - Athenaeus - approx. 200 AD
Loeb Classical Library - Roman History - Dio Cassius - approx. 229 AD