Chicken/egg quandry is implicit in determinism I think. At any rate, I'm mainly trying to finally find a use/justification for my parochial HS Latin.

In the spirit of exploring an idea, could it be that part of the technololgy of Rome was Latin? The density of language in Latin is notable. Ceasar was a/the master of clarity and ecconomy within that.

If Rome had faltered as Empie earlier, would another Mediterranean power had the rhetoricaltechnology needed to actuate the hinge? Or was Latin an unacknowledged force propelling Rome towards Empire?

I'm over my head here, but what I'm envisioning is, sans Ceasar, something like some kind of collapse from which some kind of Rome could recover, as neither Republic nor Empire. That part of what prevented a return to the republic was Ceasar's rhetorical success, reinforcing the view to the point of necessity that Empirewas the only alternative to chaos.

I agree that I'm overstating the case here. I guess my thought is to highlight the common rhetorical strategy of Ceasar and Robin's conservatives. "I am what stands between you and the three headed chaos so my tyranny is just because it is necessary."

Or something.

CK MacLeod: while also proving ill-suited to and its increasingly imperial character

That imperial character would have been less, blunted, maybe thwartedwithout Ceasar. Maybe his successes accellerated/sustained the decline therefore setting the stage for his later necessity.

The relevance of Ceasarextends or starts with his rhetorical approach. It is as much a part of his quest for conquering and domination as the force of his armies and battle plans. the Commentaries open by Ceasar dividing Gaul into 3 parts, not as description, as one might take it, but as a political geography. He does not descibe geographical or antropological facts well, but that is not the point. Rather he places himself as what stands between Rome and the increasing chaos threatening Rome as one ventures into Gaul, until total chaos is reaced as the shores of the seas of unknown.

This is the beginning of how the necessity of tyranny is established.