The transition from republic to empire was due to the colossal feats of both Julius Caesar and Octavian also known as Caesar Augustus. Julius Caesar was a pragmatic military commander and politician that eventually rose up and became the first emperor of Rome. His accomplishments for Rome were vast due to his military expertise but eventually lead to his betrayal and demise. Octavian lived a similar but different life than Julius Caesar. While Julius Caesar’s life ended in tragedy, Octavian was able to live out his life and be an emperor.
Throughout the story, Brutus was one of the few characters that understood the way power could change a man. He feared that Caesar would become a tyrant with all his new power and that Rome would suffer from his rule. He states this multiple times in the story. During Caesar’s funeral, Brutus states “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more,” (JC 3.2.23). It is clear to see here that Brutus was justified in killing Caesar because his intentions are good.
One strength is his ability to plan and strategize to accomplish his goal. A good example of this is the time he wanted to hear the sirens but he knew it would be dangerous for him and his crew. “Going forward I carried wax along the lines and laid it thick upon their ears. They tied me up, then, plumb amidships, back to the mast lashed to the mast.” (Homer Odyssey 12.212-215). Another time he used strategy to escape Polyphemus by giving the Cyclops too much wine, then blinding him with a sharp spear.
1. 150). Similarly, once the conspirators have killed Caesar, Brutus makes several more dangerous decisions despite opposition from other conspirators. Cassius, the original leader of the conspirators, sincerely begs Brutus not to let Mark Antony, one of Caesar’s closest friends, speak, but Brutus does not yield to Cassius’ plea. Then when Cassius and Brutus are preparing their armies to fight Antony,
Pericles strengthened Athens by creating and introducing direct democracy to them, and also by valuing their arts and literature. He was a loved and a powerful leader. Under his command, Athens won many wars and also came to be the richest and most powerful city-state in all Greece. Unfortunately, in 429 BC, a horrible plague struck Greece which resulted in the death of Pericles. After this, the Greek government and democracy was never the same again.
He is able to bring himself into being someone who is loved and trusted by the other around him because of the act that he was able to commit. He is able to bring himself into a better light when honoring the people with the death of his friend Julius. While he is able to bring himself into the act of killing Caesar, he was never able to take the blame for it which can be seen as a way of being weak, but he also decided to end his own life, which can be seen as a highly regarded act throughout Rome. Throughout Julius Caesar, Brutus has shown himself as being someone who can take the problems of the people around him and making them his own. He is able to be a light for the people around him, while not actually being a hero because he was never given the satisfaction of being known for his crime.
Alexander the Great's legacy is both far reaching and profound. First, his father was able to unite the Greek city-states, and Alexander destroyed the Persian Empire forever. More importantly, Alexander's conquests spread Greek culture, also known as Hellenism, across his empire. (338) In fact, Alexander's reign marked the beginning of a new era known as the Hellenistic Age because of the powerful influence that Greek culture had on other people. Without Alexander's ambition, Greek ideas and culture might well have remained confined to
My dear, honorable senators, we live in a most opportune age. The great Caesar, as he was in fact great in many ways than just one, has fallen. It is only a matter of time before Rome faces retribution from enemies and citizens alike. The great people of Rome must either pick up the pieces of our broken government or face anarchy. My associate and i stand before you today to propose a new leader, one who will restore the glory of our beloved Rome.
Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were two highly important men in the history of the world. In Greek and Roman Lives, the historian Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus, better known as just Plutarch, wrote about the lives of these two great men. He wrote of how their surroundings and the people around them influenced them, and how that affected their success in their plans to reach some form of eternal glory in their desire to become greater than those who came before them. They were both extremely ambitious, quick to fight, and careless of danger on the path to glory. In the Life of Alexander, Plutarch starts with the story of an extremely smart young boy.
(Unknown, Julius Caesar: Historical Background) Caesar also continued to use relationships as a catalyst to gain leverage in his aligning of the First Triumvirate, a loose coalition between Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus. Though not politically legitimate, this alliance had great influence and was used by Caesar to boost his political career by his because of his association with the other, influential members, and their financial support. (Plutarch 13). Caesar’s intelligence and carefully planned actions were critical in ensuring the success of his various ambitions, and ultimately allowed him to gain the favor of the Roman people through his persona and actions, and created a dominant