Caesar's wife

Caesar's wife

One who must avoid attracting negative attention or scrutiny (because they are involved with a famous or prominent figure). Julius Caesar allegedly used the phrase "Caesar's wife must be above suspicion" to explain why he divorced his wife, Pompeia. After my son's scandal derailed my presidential bid, I understood why Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.
See also: wife

Caesar's wife

a person who is required to be above suspicion.
This expression comes ultimately from Plutarch 's account of Julius Caesar 's decision to divorce his wife Pompeia . The libertine Publius Clodius , who was in love with Pompeia, smuggled himself into the house in which the women of Caesar's household were celebrating a festival, thereby causing a scandal. Caesar refused to bring charges against Clodius, but divorced Pompeia; when questioned he replied ‘I thought my wife ought not even to be under suspicion’.
See also: wife

Caesar's wife

A woman whose ethics should not be questioned. A Roman emperor's wife was deemed to be above reproach; if her morals were called in question, it was a serious problem to her husband's image and political and social power. The phrase came down over the centuries to be applied to any woman, married to a leader or not, whose behavior was—or should be—beyond criticism. (According to the historian Suetonius, what Julius Caesar actually said translates as “My wife should be as much free from suspicion of a crime as she is from a crime itself.”)
See also: wife
References in classic literature ?
I feel myself as far above suspicion as Caesar's wife.
The duties combine dignity with power, which is why, like Caesar's wife, whoever is elected must be above suspicion.
Like Caesar's wife, the Rajya Sabha chairman's decisions must be above questioning.
17, Marquez said all court personnel, 'like Caesar's wife, must be above suspicion' in conducting themselves in public as 'public confidence in the judiciary (may be) eroded by their irresponsible or improper conduct.
For example, later in the play, on the day itself of his assassination, Caesar's wife Calpurnia begs him not to go to the Capitol.
To the public at large, thanks to an unctuous major media, PPFA was purer than Caesar's wife.
But which political party is above suspicion as Caesar's wife when it comes to accepting unaccounted money?
A Chennai Super King is a Caesar's wife in the game
Like Caesar's wife, our elected representatives should be above suspicion.
In assuming such responsibility, Caesar's wife must be beyond proverbial reproach.
Invoking the famous quote, " Caesar's wife must be above suspicion", Kejriwal said, " There is a lot of controversy about the new house and I have received many phone calls from friends and followers asking me to not move into the new flats.
She further added, "Not only Caesar's wife, but Caesar too must be above suspicion,"
While this provides a baseline standard that is certainly more flexible than the standard applied to Caesar's wife, it is not necessarily clear how to apply this test.
You almost have to try to be Caesar's wife - you don't want anything that even looks like a conflict," Bill Ratliff said.
Al-Hayat, when it comes to the relationship with Kuwait, is above suspicion, like Caesar's wife.