Optimates Essays

  • Public Vs. Private Life In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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    In Shakespeare’s famous play, Julius Caesar, there's an essential theme of characters and their portrayal/actions in public versus private life. Julius Caesar himself led two very different lives with his family and close friends in contrast to how he presented himself to the public eye. In both settings, Caesar makes himself out to be invincible; however in private he is more vulnerable and superstitious whereas in public, he is immortal and the great leader Rome makes him out to be. Publicly

  • The Roman Republic: Oligarchy Or Democracy

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    Roman Republic: Oligarchy or Democracy While the system of government employed by the Roman Republic may appear to be democratic in theory, there is some debate as to whether one can consider the manner in which it functioned practically as being truly democratic. The main debate centres on the issue of whether the Roman Republic was a democracy or an oligarchy. Issues such as unequal distribution, a political structure that favours the elites, and the power of individuals, make an argument in favour

  • How Did Julius Caesar Cause The Civil War

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    responsible for it. Although it is clear that Caesar was the main cause of the Civil War, we must not neglect to mention other factors which contributed to it. As such, we will consider whether Caesar’s refusal to give up his armies, the actions of the optimates against the populares or fear of prosecution, led to the war. This essay is, therefore, only concerned with the events leading up to the war and not the specifics of the war itself. Firstly, Caesar’s account of the war, the Commentarii De Bello

  • Essay On Caesar's Breakure Of The First Triumvirate

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    The previous instability within the Republic, including the opposition to Caesar in the senate and the volatility of the alliance between Pompey and Caesar, also contributed to the tensions building up. While Stevenson and Caesar himself blame the Optimates for the buildup to the war, Pompey ultimately made the decision to break the alliance and hence shares the blame for the split as well. Crassus death also served as a pivotal point in the breakup, as a sense of rivalry developed between Pompey and

  • How Did Julius Caesar Influence Rome

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    type of leading made many politicians angry which was one of the key reasons why he was assassinated..Caesar’s dictatorship is regarded as a good time for Roman prosperity and in many ways Rome benefited however many senators especially those in the Optimate faction who were Caesar’s political enemies thought he would become a king and get rid of the senate. This was the motivation for assassinating him. Caesar was killed on March 15 44 B.C. at the foot of Pompey’s statue after being stabbed 23 times

  • The First Triumvirate In Ancient Rome

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    Licinius Crassus. During the civil war he also supported the optimate Sulla and that was actually the beginning of his public career. Thus, following Sulla's assumption of the dictatorship, Crassus amassed an enormous fortune through real estate speculation. Becoming one of the wealthiest men in Rome, and probably

  • Caesar's Civil War

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    his political supporters (broadly known as Populares), and his legions, against the Optimates (or Boni), the politically conservative and socially traditionalist faction of the Roman Senate, who were supported by Pompey (106–48 BC) and his legions.[1] After a five-year-long (49–45 BC) politico-military struggle, fought in Italy, Illyria, Greece, Egypt, Africa, and Hispania, Caesar defeated the last of the Optimates in the Battle of Munda and became Dictator perpetuo

  • Lucius Caesetius Flavus Character Analysis

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    My character is Lucius Caesetius Flavus, a politician in the Roman Republic. Flavus came from the plebeian family of Caesetier. His father was a knight and had two other sons. Flavus was a Tribune of the Plebs for 44 B.C. The Tribune of the Plebs held an important role in the Roman government. In the modern day, there is no equivalent position in the government. Every year, 10 Tribunes were elected. The creation of the office was for the protection of the plebeians from the patricians. Tribunes also

  • Political Alliances In Julius Caesar

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    precaution in all of his affairs, not because anyone was particularly his friend, but mainly because he was looking out for himself. The First Triumvirate eventually fell due to Caesar’s extensive governorship in Gaul and Pompey’s eagerness to join the Optimate Faction. However, at that point in time, Caesar was far too successful for the alliance’s failure to affect his ever-thriving political strength. Seeing that he had victoriously completed his conquest of Gaul, “Caesar set up an efficient provincial

  • The Marxist Historiography: Roman Republic

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    people, bringing political issues to popular assemblies and by-passing senatorial approval, and the optimates, who tried to maintain the established order through a united senatorial front against popular demands . If one follows the opinion of Classical authors, especially Cicero, the populares could also be labelled as shameless demagogues, who would do anything to secure power, while the optimates were concerned with preserving the basic institutions of the Senate, which was the core of the Roman

  • Roman Republic Research Paper

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    corruption, the senators advised the consuls to defend the republic by killing him. This ultimately resulted in two factions being created, the “supporters of the people” in the populares faction, or supporters of the “best” whom belonged to the optimates

  • Are The Similarities Between Julius Caesar And Abraham Lincoln

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    war close to there rain there's more I became fascinated on. In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus and Pompey formed a political alliance that dominated Roman politics for several years. Their attempts to amass power as Populares were opposed by the Optimates within Romes Senate, among them Cato the Younger with the frequent support of Cicero. After assuming control of government, from dominating in the Gallic Wars, Caesar began a programme of social

  • How Did The Civil War Lead To The Transformation Of Rome

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    When the Roman Republic reached its peak, it soon started declining. There were many different political, economic, and social problems that developed when Rome surmounted more and more people. All these problems led to a civil war that changed Rome. This civil war transformed Rome from a republic to an empire. There were five main difficulties that Rome faced, and that led to the transformation of Rome. First, the amount of casualties in numerous wars, such as the Punic Wars in which

  • Essay On The Conquest Of Rome

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    once more. The provincial governors were once elected, but those positions came to be given to former praetors and consuls. As the curule offices (including those of the praetors and consuls) were controlled by the wealthy aristocratic class, the optimates, these aristocrats also had the power to run the provinces. Within the provinces, the governors had to answer to the senate, but the senators were their fellow aristocrats. The governors mostly had free reign to do as they pleased with thier provinces

  • Julius Caesar: Outrage Runs Through Rome

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    Outrage runs through Rome. Julius Caesar (100B.C. – 44B.C.) has been assassinated and the Roman Republic which has ruled for centuries is collapsing around everyone involved in that fateful day. Caesar’s right-hand man throughout the Gallic Wars (58B.C. -50B.C.) Mark Antony (83B.C. – 30B.C.) and his adopted heir Octavian (63B.C – 14 A.D.) are out for revenge against the two main men who plotted and killed Caesar on the Idles of March in 44B.C. The hunt was on for those two men who elected to shake

  • The Assassination Of Julius Caesar Critical Analysis

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    History of Ancient Rome by Michael Parenti is a monograph that illustrates the history of Rome before and after the death of Caesar. The historical bestseller takes the readers into the Republic of Rome through the eyes of the Populares and the Optimates. He also gives the readers of today an inside look at the democratic battles that emerged over religion, sexuality, and social control; which illustrates the patriarchal domination of women in Rome. In this critique of Michael Parenti’s, The Assassination

  • Sulla's Influence On Julius Caesar

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    Lucius Cornelius Sulla was a prominent figure in the late republic of Ancient Rome, rising to power through establishing allies and his military accomplishments. As a member of the patrician class Sulla rose to power through the Roman political ladder (Cursus Honourum). Sulla was the victor of the social war, conducted war against the Mithridates and headed the first civil war in Roman history against Marius. Through his military accomplishments, he gained support from the senate and was later elected