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Julius Bonaparte (Napoleon Caesar) by Robert O'Neill

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Napoleon cast in a statue as Julius Caesar outside the Arenenberg Chateau in Switzerland.

Bit sad really. But this megalomaniac based himself on Julius. Yes, rather sad really, especially as Julius tried to crush Gaul/France where Napoleon came from.

Interestingly, his nephew, Napoleon the III (who also lived here) erected a statue to Vercingetorix, Julius Caesar’s enemy (hence the pun in the Asterix the Gaul cartoons).

Vercingetorix was imprisoned by Julius for five years and then strangled in front of the crowd when Julius needed a publicity boost.

Roman Civilization??? I think not! Give me Vercingetorix and his Gauls any day!

Napoleon the III


  • theyellowfury
    theyellowfuryover 6 years ago

    Just like Michael Jackson hero-worships Peter Pan. And he’s a sad bastard too.

  • Yes, I like the analogy. Peter Pan was ok though, loved that cartoon when I was a kid.

    – Robert O'Neill

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 6 years ago

    Great shot nice shadow and light.

  • Thanks Walter. Had to rely on natural light. it seemed to turn out ok.

    – Robert O'Neill

  • butchart
    butchartover 6 years ago

    a bit of a bubble story… very interesting indeed………..b

  • Thanks for the view Butch …. you mean megalomaniacs?

    – Robert O'Neill

  • butchart
    butchartover 6 years ago

    that wouldn’t be a nice thing to say…. so i won’t………..b

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 6 years ago

    You use natural light very well, all your photos with natural light look great.

  • Thanks Walter. I did remove the blue/gray colour cast, but other than that it is natural. It was very hot here today, but there was a bit of cloud just as we got to the museum.

    – Robert O'Neill

  • wendyL
    wendyLover 6 years ago

    beautiful shot!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks Wendy

    – Robert O'Neill

  • Shelleymay
    Shelleymayover 6 years ago

    Love the shot and the history lesson. You can accuse the Romans of lots of things but it was never boring! I think I prefer more settled times…

  • I guess it wasn’t boring at that!

    – Robert O'Neill

  • phrozted
    phroztedover 5 years ago

    May I suggest, Robert, that you stick to the pictures and cut the armchair historian crap. Your commentary on Napoleon’s appropriation of Caesarism is patently absurd. Caesar did not “try” to crush Gaul—he did crush it, and he incorporated it into Rome. Napoleon was extremely proud of this fact. Moreover, keep in mind that Napoleon was of Italian descent. He had no peculiar affinity for the Gauls, even if they were a convenient genealogical power symbol.

    As for Napoleon’s self-identification with Caesar, I suppose I can’t change your mind about its being “sad” or not, but I’ll note an interesting contradiction in your statement: you rather derisively call Napoleon a megalomaniac as though to to distinguish him from the more legitimate “Julius” (with whom you’re on a first-name basis, apparently). I’m sorry—since when was Julius Caesar any less megalomaniacal than Napoleon Bonaparte? The man was assassinated for a reason.

    Surely you’ll respond (if you respond), “But Ben, Caesar lived in a different era! Conquering peoples far and wide made sense back then. It was unacceptable during Napoleon’s time.” That’s ridiculous. Even after Napoleon was deposed innumerable leaders ran amuck over Europe—Bismarck, for instance—and the rest of the world. What about the British and French empires in Africa, which persisted until after World War II? And Napoleon, when he took over countries (Poland, the Germanies, Italy), brought most of the populations out of serfdom, especially in Eastern Europe, gave them a rationalized law code and democratic government (where they had largely been ruled by autocratic regimes before).

    Oh, and Napoleon’s empire at its height encompassed almost all of Europe—even Russia was under his spell for a few short years. There was nothing paltry or petty about his being compared to Caesar. In fact, Caesar’s empire paled in comparison to Napoleon’s if you think about the number of individuals ruled over in either case.

    Go back to the history books and eat your bleeding heart out.

  • Perhaps you are the real armchair historian out of the two of us.

    I gave my opinion based upon seeing the statue and the house in Switzerland. I was definately not on an armchair at the time nor reading a book.

    Visit the house yourself. View the statue. Then we can interact some more.

    Thanks for pointing out the typos.

    – Robert O'Neill

  • phrozted
    phroztedover 5 years ago

    I should add that for five years Rome was the second capital of the French Empire. Comparisons to Caesar are sad? I think not.

  • Perhaps I did not express myself fully. You are a troll, but even trolls have the right to an opinion, so I shall indulge you slightly—but one time only.

    I agree that his ‘reforms’ changed the lives of many. All empires and emperors usually bring benefits with them. But they come at a price.

    It seems to me—an opinion—that both men were megalomaniacs who killed a lot of people to achieve their dreams.

    A lot of misery accompanied their ‘achievements’.

    You seem to favour empires. I don’t. So, I guess we must agree to differ.

    All the best with your trolling.

    If you ever load up any art, let me know.

    – Robert O'Neill

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