Caesar's Ambition Lead to His Downfall

3026 Words Oct 12th, 2008 13 Pages
“I came, I saw, I conquered.” These were the famous words spoken by the Roman emperor, Julius Caesar. Caesar’s coming to power signalled the Roman Empire escalation in terms of economy, citizen rights, military strength, etc. Caesar’s leadership brought Rome many fortunes; some historians credit his success to the fact that he was ambitious. However, becoming overly ambitious has often been the cause of downfall for the leaders of the past, and Ceasar’s case was no different. While ambition gives an individual a goal and proper motivation towards it, sometimes the culprit can become obsessed with his own legacy, and forego rationality to in an attempt to carve his name in stone. For a ruler, this is a particularly undesirable attribute; …show more content…
we are two lions littered in one day, and I the elder and more terrible, and Caesar shall go forth.

Caesar claims he is more dangerous than “danger” himself. Danger, a supernatural force is insulted by Caesar when Caesar claims he is more “dangerous” and more “terrible”. Caesar openly mocks the gods in Caesar and Cleopatra when he says,
…Your gods are afraid of the Romans; you see Sphinx dare not bite me, nor prevent me carrying you off…

Caesar’s overconfidence and immense level of pride allows him to say this bold statement where he challenges the mighty power with, “your gods are afraid of the Romans.” The cocky ruler then challenges the gods’ power when he states, “you see Sphinx does not bite me”. Like a stuck-up, ignorant teen who challenges his/her parents, Caesar does the same to his superior guardian once again proving his defiance towards the gods. In addition, Caesar also says, …Sphinx, my place is as high as yours in this great dessert; only I wander, and you sit still;
I conquer and you endure…for I am he of whose genius you are the symbol, part brute…and part God

The conceited Roman general starts with “my place is as high as yours”, which puts him side by side with the status of the gods, and differentiates in an overconfident manner between himself and the almighty God, Sphinx. Secondly, Caesar claims that he too is “part God”. As daring as a hare going into a lion’s den, similarly, Caesar defies…