Emperors of the Roman Empire

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Emperors In Ancient Rome, the government was controlled by an emperor starting with Julius Caesar. After his death, men jockeyed for power throughout the next several centuries. Each emperor had his own strengths and weaknesses which made them either beloved or hated by their people. If loyalty to the people and doing what is best for the citizens of the nation or state is the most important criteria on which to judge an emperor, then the success or failure of the emperor can be judged by comparing them to one another. However, it is not enough to be loved by the general public, as is evident in the case of some emperors; the leader must also be able to maintain communication and cooperation with the other members of the government in order to form a cohesive team to serve the people. Three of the most famous emperors who had a major impact on the Roman Empire and the Roman people are Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, and Caligula. Julius Caesar ruled Rome when the empire was still a Republic with Senators and other politicians holding equal power to the one man in charge. Caesar was beloved by the people and his role as emperor was one that was given to him by the people of Rome, much to the chagrin of the Senators. Many of his fellow politicians felt this gave Caesar far too much power over them. Rather than allow for their Republic to become an Empire ruled by a "dictator in perpetuity" (Suetonius 25). Julius Caesar was not political enough when he accepted this
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