Julius Caesar's Propaganda In The Civil War

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Julius Caesar empathy and mercy is shown in the “The Civil War”, ‘they…begged for their lives. He encourage them, told them to get up, and spoke shortly to them about his own leniency…He spared them all’ (Gardener 98). Caesar is the author of this novel and by doing so, he would not speak negatively about himself. Additionally, there will be examples of propaganda involved in another book on his wartime activities. This propaganda is exemplified by Canfora, Caesar in “The Civil War” explains that his actions were a protection of his reputation but this hides the truth that had he not invaded Rome he would have been prosecuted for crimes committed by the consul (154). Caesar was immune from prosecution from the consul of Rome and governor of…show more content…
Were we to remove a man, as if he had been Marallus or Caesetius” (Suentonius 31). This statement is evidence of the change is Julius approach to clementia. Julius change use of absolute authority and change in attitude to get rid of the tribunes would have been unpopular with the Senate and the people of Rome, to further reason for his removal of power. Additionally, Suentonius refers to the consul where they elected to get rid of the tribunes, some of the people were dissatisfied with Julius’s decision. An example of Caesar demenstarating “guilty of the same luxury in the language he publicly used, as Titus Ampius informs us; according to whom he said, “The Republic is nothing but a name, without substance or reality. Sylla was an ignorant fellow to abdicate the dictatorship. Men ought to consider what is becoming when they talk with me, and look upon what I say as a law” (Suentonius 77). The republic which has kept Rome stable for years is now being step on by Julius as he believes is the ultimate ruler. One other quote that states Julius disrespect towards the Rebublic comes from Philippics “Caesar now dislikes the Senate much more than ever. “Everything, he says, ‘will in future come from me” (philippics). Julius had no respect for the Senate or the citizens and just wanted power. Julius’s acquaintances saw him as having a negative view of the Republic, which they thought was
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