Julius Caesar: The People's Dictator Essay example

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Julius Caesar has always been an important, well-known figure in history. His name still lives on, two thousand years after his death. Even the terms "Kaiser" and "Tsar" are renditions of "Caesar." To this day, the name "Caesar" conjures images of ancient Rome, conspiracies, intrigue, and murder. Thanks to William Shakespeare, most people know that he was betrayed and killed by his friends. But what made Caesar so fascinating that Shakespeare would choose to write about Caesar over fifteen hundred years after his death? Why do we remember Caesar? He was a great military leader, and a master politician. He was murdered. But there have been others in history like Caesar, yet we do not remember their names. We remember…show more content…
Just as young Caesar was reaching adulthood, the time when his father would have been more active in the young man's life, the elder Caesar died, probably during military service, leaving the sixteen year old Caesar as the head of the household. Just as the young Caesar had come of age, a revolution had taken place. A Roman general named Lucius Sulla had plotted, and succeeded, in taking over Rome. After he had successfully taken over Rome, Sulla then marched off to attack Mithridates of Pontus in Asia Minor. But while Sulla was fighting Mithridates, a consul by the name of Cornelius Cinna had taken control of Rome. One of the first things that Cinna did was to appoint the young Julius Caesar as flamen dialis, the high priest of Jupiter. Even though this was one of the highest priesthoods in Rome, it was extremely restrictive. A lifetime commitment, the flamen dialis could never could never see a corpse, nor ride a horse. This would effectively exclude the young Caesar from ever becoming involved in war or politics. But the return of Sulla saved Caesar. After compromising with Mithridates, Sulla returned to Rome. He promptly defeated Cinna, and began to systematically destroy all who opposed him. Sulla had become the sole dictator of Rome. He was careful to stock all government positions with his supporters. He promptly cancelled most of Cinna's appointments, including that of Julius Caesar's of flamen
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