April 26, 2014
IND 101 - Civilization: The Human Experience I
Julius Caesar’s Assassination
In the lives we have read, the assassination of Julius Caesar is arguably the most famous. Julius Caesar is one of the most important people in early Roman history. He is often looked at is one of the best military minds, and also is credited for laying the groundwork for the Roman Empire. Caesar, after getting involved in politics and the military, he successfully gained consulship in 60 B.C. therefore leading Rome with two other men; Pompey the Great and Crassus. Soon the Roman leader encountered trouble including civil wars, and an affair with Cleopatra, and was assassinated in 44 B.C. The conspiracy, his assassins, and the fates of those assassins were all very important in the Roman Empire at that time, and still today.
Julius Caesar’s assassination conspiracy on March 15, 44 B.C. had at least 60 senators involved. To this day there are only around 20 names that are actually known. When there is a group this big it is hard to pinpoint one reason, so it is believed to be several issues. For a large number of the senators however, the more popular motive was the hatred for Caesar. This is shown by the eight conspirators that had grudges against Caesar. Many even blamed Caesar for setback by them or their families. Another reason for the conspirators, is the older friends of Caesar, were aggravated by the promotion of former enemies. They were really upset when this promotion led them to being politically equivalent. Instead of feeling happy for what Caesar gave them, there focused on that negative. These same people soon resented Caesar, and then became humiliated by the situation because of how much they owed to Caesar.
Julius Caesar, who claimed himself as the “Dictator for life”, was scheduled to leave Rome to fight in a war on March 18 and had appointed loyal members of his army to rule the Empire in his...
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