The Death of Julius Caesar
Should Julius Caesar have been killed? This is a question many scholars, intellectuals, and philosophers have wondered throughout the ages since his bloody death in the year 44 B.C. at the hands of some of his closest friends. This treachery would have most people in outrage; who would dare kill the soon to be Roman Emperor? Most would come to the assumption it was blood thirsty, heartless men who themselves wanted to seize power, but is that really the case? I believe this to be true in that the men were envious of Caesar’s obvious superiority to them in everyway.
The men that killed Julius Caesar did so with cunning and sly tongues, these men accused Caesar of being “ambitious” but isn’t that the role of every revolutionary leader, to bring change and prosperity to their homeland? This was most certainly what Caesar planned with the acceptance of his crown (which he never received because of backstabbing traitors). This great man had led the Roman Nation to prosperity through the conquering of the Gaul and the slaying of Pompey the Great with the help of Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator (later to be his lover). (ABC-CLIO 1) What man, with these accomplishments should be killed for wanting a better Rome? No man I say.
Julius Caesar was killed far too soon, if indeed he had turned into a tyrant then the conspirators should have stuck a knife in his ribs and been done with it, but he wasn’t even given a chance to rule. Julius Caesar could have led Rome to a higher plane of greatness if only he had been allowed to continue on as he was. The conspirators’ main goal was to “save Rome by killing tyranny and keeping Rome a democracy”. (Encyclopædia Britannica 1) All that came of their actions was a bloody civil war and the creation of the first Roman Emperor, and the actions of this first Emperor (Octavius Caesar a.k.a. Caesar Augustus) were more ambitious and power hungry than any Julius Caesar could have ever possibly committed....
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