Caesar's Women Themes

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Power is a major theme in the novel and the primary motivation behind almost all the characters' actions. It is measured in popularity, wealth, military strength, elected office, and sexual prowess. The entire plot revolves around characters competing for control in politics and in their personal lives. For Romans, power is the sole purpose for living. All the main characters strive to achieve it. It consumes their lives.

Both Caesar and Clodius are obsessed with becoming Rome's First Man. Caesar uses marriage as a political tool and forms the First Triumvirate. Clodius renounces his noble status to gain power in the Plebeian Assembly. Servilia poisons her brother to increase her son's wealth and social status. She is also determined to dominate Caesar through her sexual prowess and succeeds by becoming his permanent mistress. Cicero wants to be considered a great Roman leader and violates Roman law to achieve...

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