The Case Of The Gauis Julius Caesar

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Throughout history, many important events have become more and more grandiose as they are passed down from generation to generation. The case of the Gauis Julius Caesar is no exception. The death of a ruler who conquered vast amounts of territory, was able to proclaim victory in a civil war, and seized power as the singular lifelong ruler of the Roman Empire undoubtedly had seismic impacts on the ancient world. While the assassination of Caesar was documented and written down rather than passed down through oral accounts, instances of fact turning to mythical narrative is increasingly clear. After reading the historical reports of Plutarch, Suetonius, and Nicolaus, it is eminently apparent that events become rather embellished and far-fetched with the passage of time. While Nicolaus could retell the events he may have lived through, Plutarch and Suetonius did not record their versions until more than two centuries later. The acute differences in their accounts are made evident by the details emphasized and various discrepancies between the three accounts. If we are to explore the differences between these three retellings, we must first determine the similarities shared between the texts. Nicolaus, Suetonius, and Plutarch all agree with the major plot points of the event. All three that this story unfolds in the following manner: Caesar receives numerous warnings foretelling his death, Caesar is convinced by Decimus Brutus to ignore these warnings and meet with the senate,…

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