How Did Julius Caesar Break The Law

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Joseph Vandeventer
Mrs. Baker
English II-6
18 May 2016
The Life of Julius Caesar
“If you must break the law, do it to seize power, in all other cases, observe it” – Julius Caesar. This quote shows exactly what kind of man Caesar was, only breaking the law when he thought it was needed to help empower himself and Rome. Julius Caesar was, a ruthless general and dictator who slew Pompey, a member of his triumvirate, so he could take power over Rome, only to be outright murdered by conspirators a year later. Julius Caesar was born in Rome, Italy, 100 B.C. His Parents were Gaius Julius Caesar and Aurelia Cotta. The Rome of his youth was unstable and a strong sense of disorder and anarchy ruled over the republic. Julius had always sided with Rome’s
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His close alliance with Pompey got him elected consul, a powerful political position in Rome. There was a General named Crassius, whom had a rivalry with Pompey, Caesar used his speaking skills once again to convince them to patch things up so all three of them could be leaders of Rome, forming the first ever triumvirate, a type of government where there are three rulers (“Julius Caesar”). Caesar went straight to work on trying to secure complete power over Rome. The first thing he did was stage a riot, which led to him securing himself as the governor of Gaul. He then increased the size of his military and tried to conquer Europe, expanding his power and being ruthless with his enemies, sometimes even cutting off their hands and letting them live (“Julius Caesar”). During this he hired specific political agents that he trusted to act on his behalf back in Rome. As it turns out, their “patch” didn’t hold for long, as Crassius still hated Pompey, and now Pompey hated Caesar because he was jealous of how much power he was gaining. They tried to patch things up once again in 56 B.C but it was short lived as Crassius died in Syria 53 B.C. (“Julius Caesar”)Caesar then went on the offence, going after Pompey, starting a war with him. But Pompey’s army was no match for Caesar’s and it was defeated quickly, Pompey then fled to Egypt, where he was eventually killed in 48
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