The Death Of Julius Caesar

1106 WordsOct 30, 20175 Pages
Due to the writing and works of William Shakespeare, the death of Julius Caesar became the most famous assassination in history. The death of Julius Caesar is placed in full context of Rome’s civil wars by eminent historian Barry Strauss. Moreover, the assassination itself was a complexly layered plan that was a direct result of Caesar’s power and leadership choices leading up to the fateful day. These key events leading up to the Ides of March—and the aftermath that followed—are important to understanding the immense effect Caesar 's death had on Rome, and on its subsequent demise. In the height of Rome, Caesar formed a political alliance with Pompey that dominated Roman politics. Furthermore, Caesar’s victories in the Gallic War and…show more content…
Shakespeare elaborated on this description in his play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, stating that “...Cassius ha[d] a lean and hungry look...such men are dangerous (qtd in Strauss).” Furthermore, Cassius was a military governor and former supporter of Pompey, a military and political leader of the late Roman Republic who contended with Caesar for the leadership of the Roman state—resulting in civil war. Cassius and Brutus fought for Pompey and the Republic—the catalyst to giving Cassius incentive in wanting Caesar dead. However, “in January 45 B.C, Cassius accepted Caesar as an old easy going master” (Strauss). In his early years, Cassius was influenced by both Pompey and Cicero, who held strong aversions towards Caesar. Furthermore, as a young man with a passion for war, he fought as lieutenant governor for Marcus Licinius Crassus. When Crassus was murdered, Cassius served as virtual governor of Roman Syria. Here, he won a victory over the Parthian army, and later invaded Judea, where he enslaved thousands of Jews (Goldsworthy). When civil war came in 48 B.C., Cassius fought against Caesar. However, around 47 B.C., Cassius defected to him (Strauss). Caesar was impressed by Cassius’ aggression, energy, and effectiveness, and appointed him as one of his generals along with his brother, Brutus (Kahn). With this position, Cassius worked closely with Caesar as well as
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