The Sidus Iulium and the Apotheosis of Caesar

  title={The Sidus Iulium and the Apotheosis of Caesar},
  author={Kenneth Scott},
  journal={Classical Philology},
  pages={257 - 272}
  • K. Scott
  • Published 1 July 1941
  • History
  • Classical Philology
On the very days of my games a comet was seen for seven days in the northern section of the sky. It arose about the eleventh hour of the day and was bright and visible from all countries. The crowd believed that this constellation signified that the soul of Caesar had been received among the numina of the immortal gods. On this account this emblem was added to the likeness of his head which I presently consecrated in the forum.2 

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Dio Cassius xliii. 43. 59 Platner and Ashby, op. cit

    15. 93 He writes (ix. 15. 1) of Caesar as caelo receptus