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Twelve Emperors by Suetonius

Julius Caesar, Chapter 30: The tension increases.[50 BC]
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But when the senate declined to interfere, and his opponents declared that they would accept no compromise in a matter affecting the public welfare, he crossed to Gallia Citerior, and after hearing all the legal cases, halted at Ravenna, intending to resort to war if the senate took any drastic action against the tribunes of the commons who interposed vetoes in his behalf. Now this was his excuse for the civil war, but it is believed that he had other motives. Gnaeus Pompeius used to declare that since Caesar's own means were not sufficient to complete the works which he had planned, nor to do all that he had led the people to expect on his return, he desired a state of general unrest and turmoil. Others say that he dreaded the necessity of rendering an account for what he had done in his first consulship contrary to the auspices and the laws, and regardless of vetoes; for Marcus Cato often declared, and took oath too, that he would impeach Caesar the moment he had disbanded his army. It was openly said too that if he was out of office on his return, he would be obliged, like Milo [who had been accused and tried for the murder of Publius Clodius], to make his defence in a court hedged about by armed men. The latter opinion is the more credible one in view of the assertion of Asinius Pollio, that when Caesar at the Battle of Pharsalus saw his enemies slain or in flight, he said, word for word: They would have it so. Even I, Gaius Caesar, after so many great deeds, should have been found guilty, if I had not turned to my army for help. Some think that habit had given him a love of power, and that weighing the strength of his adversaries against his own, he grasped the opportunity of usurping the despotism which had been his heart's desire from early youth. Cicero too was seemingly of this opinion, when he wrote in the third book of his De Officiis [3.82; cf. 1.26] that Caesar ever had upon his lips these lines of Euripides Phoenissae, 524ff.], of which Cicero himself adds a version: 'If wrong may ever be right, for a throne's sake Were wrong most right: -- -be God in all else feared.' uerum neque senatu interueniente et aduersariis negantibus ullam se de re publica facturos pactionem, transiit in citeriorem Galliam, conuentibusque peractis Rauennae substitit, bello uindicaturus si quid de tribunis plebis intercedentibus pro se grauius a senatu constitutum esset. Et praetextum quidem illi ciuilium armorum hoc fuit; causas autem alias fuisse opinantur. Gnaeus Pompeius ita dictitabat, quod neque opera consummare, quae instituerat, neque populi expectationem, quam de aduentu suo fecerat, priuatis opibus explere posset, turbare omnia ac permiscere uoluisse. alii timuisse dicunt, ne eorum, quae primo consulatu aduersus auspicia legesque et intercessiones gessisset, rationem reddere cogeretur; cum M. Cato identidem nec sine iure iurando denuntiaret delaturum se nomen eius, simul ac primum exercitum dimisisset; cumque uulgo fore praedicarent, ut si priuatus redisset, Milonis exemplo circumpositis armatis causam apud iudices diceret. quod probabilius facit Asinius Pollio, Pharsalica acie caesos profligatosque aduersarios prospicientem haec eum ad uerbum dixisse referens: 'hoc uoluerunt; tantis rebus gestis Gaius Caesar condemnatus essem, nisi ab exercitu auxilium petissem.' quidam putant captum imperii consuetudine pensitatisque suis et inimicorum uiribus usum occasione rapiendae dominationis, quam aetate prima concupisset. quod existimasse uidebatur et Cicero scribens de Officiis tertio libro semper Caesarem in ore habuisse Euripidis uersus, quos sic ipse conuertit: nam si uiolandum est ius, [regnandi] gratia uiolandum est: aliis rebus pietatem colas.