Analyse the context and significance of the above source.
The above quote from Plutarch could be seen as having little significance both in the context of Plutarch's Caesar, and the civil war itself. It could be said however, that the quote has symbolic significance, because by crossing the Rubicon Caesar is effectively brining a private army into Italy and thus brining civil war into Rome. Plutarch's overall view towards Caesar is positive, although this might be contrary to what is said in this quote, it because of this bias, along with other factors that we have to be careful when looking at his work. To get a clearer understanding of what Plutarch was imply in this quote it is essential to look at both Plutarch's motive for writing, the time of writing and other ancient historian's views of Caesar.
This quote could be seen as having little significance in the context of Plutarch's Caesar. Not only is what Plutarch writing about questionable, but the quote also provides a very one sided and negative view of Caesar. Although Plutarch is mostly positive towards Caesar in his work, in the source above he is defiantly questioning not only Caesars judgement, but also his leadership. Plutarch however could be seen as trying to make Caesar more human, in this quote he is portrayed as being indecisive "In these moments his purpose was constantly changing" and being spontaneous and not fully weighing up the consequences of his actions "Let the die be Cast he said". It must also be taken into account the fact that Plutarch is a moralizer and biographer and is not writing chronological history and the Modern historian M. Grant explains how "Plutarch entered into this moralising tradition with all the more ease because he belonged to an age which educated men were deeply concerned with moral endeavour", "he likes to set down his conclusions on the subjects personality at an early stage and then he goes on to show why they are right" and "So Plutarch's hero's are generally there, all in one piece from the beginning".