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Asterix and Obelix Comics and Caesar

Updated on September 12, 2013

An actor dressed as Obelix in Roman Market, Braga, Portugal.

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Asterix and Obelix

My fascination with caesar started as a child I when loved reading the "Asterix and Obelix" series of cartoons by Goscinny and Uderzo.  I couldn't get enough of them and used to go to the public library after school just to read them.  Goscinny and Uderzo painted a picture of the Romans as clumsy and corrupt but demonstrated respect for the figure of Caesar.  In one comic ("Asterix and Son") Caeser's child with Cleopatra (Ptolemy Caesar or Caesarion) is babysat by Asterix and Obelix.  The comic culminates in a feast (as usual) only this time Caesar joins in.

"These Romans are crazy!"
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Great Asterix Comics

Asterix the Gaul: Album #1
Asterix the Gaul: Album #1

When Roman Centurion Crismus Bonus finds out about Getafix the druid’s magic potion, he kidnaps the druid to force him to reveal the recipe. So Asterix joins his friend in captivity and together they two plan to whip up a surprise with truly hair-raising effects. Another fantastic Asterix and Obelix adventure!

 

About Goscinny and Uderzo

Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo started publishing "Asterix" cartoons in 1961 and by 1967 the serial had become so successful that they devoted their time entirely to it.  Unfortunately Goscinny died in 1977 and Uderzo carried on alone, although he continued to publish under both names.  Altogether there were 32 "Asterix" cartoons, but also many other "Asterix" works including films, animations and games.  Uderzo and Goscinny together and individually wrote and created many other successful works as well as "Asterix". 

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Not just cartoons

The Asterix comics fed my interest and I always loved any movies about ancient Rome and even took Latin as a subject in high school.  Last year I reinvigorated my fascination with Roman history and Caesar in particular when I was doing some reading about the Roman Republic to try to help my child at school with ancient history.  Since then I have been avidly reading and watching everything I can find about Caesar and the Republic.  I am lucky as there are so many websites, movies, and publications about the Republic.  I have even been re-reading the old Asterix comics that I found in my bookcase!

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Great Asterix Comics

Asterix the Legionary: Album #10 (Book 10)
Asterix the Legionary: Album #10 (Book 10)

It’s off to the wars for Asterix and Obelix: they’ve enlisted as legionnaires in order to rescue Tragicomix, whom the Romans forcibly conscripted. The two find Tragicomix and succeed in causing the biggest commotion ever on a battlefield. Our indomitable Gauls are off again creating havoc in the Roman world.

 

Why I am fascinated with Caesar

I am fascinated with ancient Rome full stop.  But for some reason, I have always wanted to learn more about Caesar.  And the more I learn about him the more fascinated I become.  One of his chief characteristics was his pragmatism.  Coupled with this was his undeniable flair and style.  His sheer brilliance and his calculated showmanship demonstrate that his charisma was not just alive in the past but has carried forward for thousands of years.  He was someone who captured the hearts and minds of the people and of his soldiers and still captures the hearts and minds of people today.  There is so much of drama, intrigue and majesty to his story.  Even as a man of his times he was cast from a different mould than other Roman magistrates.  His upbringing was atypical and his behaviour was unique.  In short, his attraction is timeless and I am certainly caught in his web. 

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      Zinou 

      3 years ago

      I saw the first episode of Dr Horrible but it was a bit stop-start - peharps my internet connection isn't fast enough. Think I'll wait for the DVD to watch the rest. On the graphic novel front, Neil Gaiman's Sandman series is worth a look too, though not as easy-going as ABC.

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      Mel Jay 

      5 years ago from Australia

      LOL - Docmo, yes, I hear you! Sadly its only the few who really understand when it comes to Asterix!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      5 years ago from UK

      A- ha a fellow Asterix fan. I do hope you visit my 'Hilarious Adventures of Asterix and Obelix' hub. A life long fan, I felt the 'need' to comprehensively introduce this pair to hubland. These Romans are crazy!

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      Mel Jay 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Hi Alastar, thanks for your thoughts on this - you are right, Ancient Rome and the world would certainly be different if the Republic had succeeded. It's fun to ponder stuff like that - and as for art and architecture such as the "Villa of the Mysteries", you have reminded me that there are many more ways for me to examine the Republic, other than the literature of the period, I tend to forget about the art.

      Cheers MJ

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Caesar's book on the Gaulish wars certainly gives us a lot of what we know about that time period. It's also kewl to ponder the "Villa of the Mysteries" in Pompeii painted around his time.Interesting to wonder after what Rome's history(and hence the worlds)if the Republic had been victorious after C's assassination.Liked your Asterix cartoon as we didn't have them where I grew up.

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