Suetonius - The murder of Julius Caesar: Style notes

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dies caedis et ipse sibi visus est
(The day of his murder (dawned) he himself appeared...) This phrase includes a sibilance. This creates the effect the effect of hissing. Or maybe the sound of him flying through the air?
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insidiarum indicem
(Revealing the conspiracy) By the alliteration of I's, it stresses how important this note actually is.
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obvio quodam
(Someone on the way) The word choice of the word 'someone' shows mysterious and vague happenings.
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(He put it...) This wants us to believe, if only he had read it; then he would not be dead. The word position is also at the end of the sentence. This could show that he did not take any notice of the letter - irony.
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Caesaris in caelum
(Of Caesar (recieved) in heaven) The importance of the situation is shown by the harsh and loud sounds of C's.
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(Laurel) An interesting word choice. This word represents victory. Laurel wreathes, to be won on the head, were given to victorious generals, in the same way that medals are given out today. The clues are all there; this is referring to Caesar.
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sinistra manu
(in his left hand) The left was regarded by the Romans as unlucky - hence our Englich word 'Sinister'.
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consecrato ei
(for him Caesar as a god) The week long celebrationwas to officially acknowledge that Caesar had acquired divine status. In other words, it was in honour of his apotheosis.
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stella crinita
(a comet) This phrase literally means ' long haired star'. Any unusual astronomical occurences, like comets, eclipses, even today are viewed by some people as being of supernatural significance.
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cubiculi fores sponte patuerunt
(the door of the bedroom opened of its own accord) This adds an element of spookiness.
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(they tore it to pieces) A vicious end to the sentence, highly effective and almost onomatopoeic in sound. A sound of the same word was used (discerptum) in Livy's story of Romulus, when describing the rumour of what the senators may have done with R
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Pompeianae curiae
(the senate building of Pompey) Caesar had beaten Pompey in the civil war four years earlier, there is plenty of irony hear.
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pridie autem easdem Idus... dies caedis inluxit
(However on the days before those same Idus... the day of his murder dawned) The two time phrases bulids tension. The event is becoming closer and closer; the reader waits for it to happen.
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