The Transformation Of The Roman Republic

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Quite simply, Julius Caesar’s military activities from in Gaul, Germany, and Britain from 58-50 BC defined his career as a politician and military general within the Roman Republic. To a great extent, they also affirmed Rome’s strength as a Republic throughout Europe. Katherine Gilliver makes the judgement that “one of the most effective ways for the aristocracy to maintain status was to be successful in war.” This sums up the entire collection of impacts that Caesar’s military exploits in these previously foreign lands held for both his political career, and the development of the Roman republic. Tom Holland also makes the judgement that the attitude of the Rome towards the outside world was key in the causation of Caesar’s military activities, thus, bringing wide-spreading impacts – “…that because the values and institutions were self-evidently superior to those barbarians, she had a duty to propagate them.”
For Caesar, the impacts of military activities in Gaul, Germany, and Britain included exceptional wealth, an increasingly overwhelming supporter base, and an increased popularity and reputation in both politics and in battle. For the Republic itself, these campaigns increased Rome’ strength by adding a new huge province to the empire; bringing both taxes and vast natural resources.

Plutarch tells a story of how, when serving his Quaestorship in Spain in 69 BC, he encountered a statue of Alexander the Great – who at Caesar’s age of 31 had conquered most of the…

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