Essay about Biography Of Julius Caesar
'I came, I saw, I conquered.' These are the words of the man who changed the history of the world. This paper will show how no other man in the history of the world represented military and political power better than Julius Caesar. He became a legend for his military exploits and great leadership ability.
The Early Life of Julius Caesar was spent studying the history of power and wealth in early Rome. Julius Caesar was born in Rome on July 12 or 13, in the year 100 B.C. His father was a part of a prestigious Julian clan. He was an official in charge of judicial matters, but never made it to the post of chief executive. He died when Caesar was only sixteen years...show more content...
Caesar was not on the list but he was ordered by Sulla to divorce Cornelia. Caesar refused to do so and left Rome for military service in Asia and Cilicia. He returned in 78 B.C. when Sulla died and began his political career as a prosecuting advocate. At the age of 22 Caesar was unable to gain office and went to Rhodes where he studied rhetoric. During his journey to Rhodes, pirates captured Caesar. While in captivity, Caesar convinced his captors to raise his ransom, which increased his prestige. He then raised a naval force, overcame his captors, and had them crucified. In 73 B.C. he returned to Rome for Rhodes as very persuasive speaker.
Julius Caesar's Middle Life was full of wars, political plotting. Caesar's first and one of the biggest political moves was when he helped Pompey take office. In 69 or 68 B.C. Caesar was elected quaestor. Shortly after this his first wife died. He then married Pompeia, a relative of Pompey. In 65 B.C. he was elected curule aedile, gaining great popularity for his gladiator games. In 62 B.C. he was elected a praetor. By this time, Caesar was making a name for himself as a political figure. He divorced Pompeia after a scandal. Caesar was made governor of Farther Spain in 61 B.C. When Julius returned to Rome in 60 B.C. he joined forces with Crassus and Pompey. In 59 B.C. Caesar was elected consul, and the year after he was appointed governor of Roman Gaul. During Caesar's first year as a governor
Essay The Life Of Julius Caesar
The Life of Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar is and was one of the most influential people in history. He created laws, stuck wars, and developed new strategies for leadership and battles. "Caesar is widely considered to be one of the greatest military geniuses of all time, as well as a brilliant politician and one of the ancient world's strongest leaders (Julius Caesar pg.1)." He transformed the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire and he extended his land all the way through Gaul to The Atlantic Ocean, as well as fighting a civil war and being proclaimed as dictator for life.
Julius Caesar was born in Rome to a patrician family. Supposedly he was born by a Caesarean Section were he got his namesake, although modern...show more content...
He was dispatched to Bithynia on the southern coast of the Black Sea during the siege of Mytilene. It was his job to convince King Nicomedes IV Philopator to make his fleet available to Marcus Minucius Thermus in the Aegean Sea, Caesar reached this goal quite easily. After this accomplishment he continued to serve under Thermus were he also helped in the siege of Miletus. During the battle he saved the lives of many legionaries, and because of this he was awarded the corona civica (oak crown). This was the highest award given to a simple solider. When the crown was worn in public all were forced to stand and applause the beholder, even the ones present belonged to the Roman Senate. It was supposed to be worn on one day, and after that on festive occasions. The crown came with a badge that could be worn permanently to show courage.
While this was occurring Sulla was using all that powers in his repeiteur to change Rome in ways that he saw fit. He established a consul, disbanded legions, and resigned as dictator giving the power the consul, which aloud Rome to chose its leader. Sulla had 2 consulships and then went to live on privately were he died 2 years later.
"In 78 BC, on hearing of Sulla's
Julius Caesar Essay
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Julius Caesar´s Essay Julius Caesar is mostly known for his great leadership in Rome´s Empire, he accomplished everything he purposed and he did whatever it took to make it happen. He had all it took to be such a leader; women were in love with him, men wanted to be part of his army and children wanted to be like him when they grow up. For Caesar all it took was courage and selfishness to get to where he was. A leader is a person who knows the way; goes the way and shows the way but no one will ever be a leader without courage. Courage was part of Caesar´s being, he knew that if he showed this part of him in the moments that seemed lost and accomplished them, people would follow him and they would...show more content...
His craving for power was the secret ingredient for the cake he was baking. "After weeks of fighting Vercingetorix, facing starvation, is forced to surrender" (Campbell) Weeks and weeks had to pass for someone to surrender and even though Caesar´s men were suffering the same hunger as their enemies Julius didn´t even think about surrender. He just wanted to prove he was stronger than Vercingetorix was and not only some of his army died because of starvation or simply because their bodies gave up he also left women and children die because he didn´t let them in his shelter for protection. But even though he left all those people dying he was still an exceptional leader. Having these two characters made Caesar a standout in a large crowd. He had all the courage he needed to fight in a lot of battles and a hidden part of him, filled with selfishness, made him want more the power he always wanted in whatever matters he could get there. He was well aware of everything he was doing, he planned every step of his way and to make them happen all he needed was lots of courage and lots selfishness.
Caesar, The Early years vol. 1, ed. Horace. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005. Print
Power In Julius Caesar Essay
Throughout the play Julius Caesar, Shakespeare examines themes of power throughout, as well as letting your true colors show. Towards the end of the play, Brutus is able to show this theme perfectly while in the beginning, Brutus is thought as someone who is unsure and insecure. He is also an exception to this ongoing theme. But as the play progresses and Brutus becomes true to himself, giving in to the tempting power that appears to be reachable, he becomes the epitome of this theme. It becomes clear to Brutus that Caesar is not what's best for Rome, in fact, he is the reason that it is falling apart. However, because it is already embedded into his mind by his good friend Cassius, he believes that the only way to fix this situation is to kill Caesar. This pivot into a more narcissistic version of himself is gradual, while him agreeing with killing Caesar is sudden. In the beginning of Julius Caesar, Brutus is insecure, but as the play progresses and he gives in to Cassius' manipulation and his own hidden thirst for power, Brutus...show more content...
This is one of the most definitive answers that Brutus has given in this play so far. He is an indecisive person who can't seem to make a decision. He can also be characterized as insecure within this dialogue as well. Cassius is trying to convince him, even though it is in a very manipulative manner, that Brutus is more worthy of being in Caesar's position than Caesar himself. Although, Brutus does not believe this. He thinks of himself as no more than just a commoner in Rome, no matter his political position. Overall, Brutus can be thought of as an indecisive, insecure, person who is having trouble with being caught in the middle of this feud, but as the play progresses he begins to show what he really thinks, therefore letting his true colors
Essay on Julius Caesar
How Betrayal Led to Downfall in Julius Caesar
In the play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare shows how friends often betray each other. Julius Caesar is about to be crowned king of Rome, when some well–known Romans decide that it is not a good idea for this to happen. They form a conspiracy and kill Caesar. Brutus, an honorable Roman and a very good friend of Caesar's, betrays Caesar by killing him for the good of Rome. Antony, Caesar's best friend and another honorable Roman, betrays Brutus by turning against the conspirators. Cassius, a respected Roman, and Brutus betray each other by arguing and destroying their friendship. All this betraying lead to many deaths in the play....show more content...
In his soliloquy, Antony praised Caesar's great personality but at the same time, he would keep saying positive things about Brutus. An example is when he says, "He was my friend, faithful and just to me; / But Brutus says he was ambitious, / And Brutus is an honorable man." (3.2.85–87). The way in which he spoke and by telling the citizens the context of Caesar's will, turned the mob against Brutus and the rest of the conspirators. The anger possessed by the countrymen can be shown when a plebeian says, "Most noble Caesar! We'll revenge his death!" (2.2.244). This betrayal by Antony caused Brutus to break off their friendship.
Cassius was also driven out of Rome with Brutus and instead of working together to win back their reputation, they began arguing with each other and destroyed their friendship. Temporarily they argued about how they would attempt to put together an army, they argued about military strategy, and they argued about other common things that should not interfere between two friends. By not cooperating with each other when they needed to, they could not succeed in making a comeback and they both committed suicides.
All these instances of betrayal could have been avoided and therefore would not have led to the downfalls of certain characters. Had Caesar lived, maybe everybody would have gotten along and Rome could
The Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar is the one of the famous Roman generals. Many may recognize this name from the great works of Shakespeare. Before the great works of Shakespeare, Julius Caesar was famous in his Roman city which. Julius Caesar was a dictator that turned the Roman republic to the Roman Empire. Even though the life time of Julius Caesar took place in 100 BC – 44 BC, people everywhere will mention Caesar's name and legacy. For starters, Julius Caesar's time was very different from today life. People did not get married because they were in love with the each other most of the time. The reason people in Roman time got married was for perfect children. Babies that were not fit or unhealthy during this time would be thrown out and left for dead. According to Phillip Freeman, "Roman families had to keep the first girl that is born and all healthy boys." (Freeman 23). During this time there were no public schools, only private schools and tutors that came to the house. Julius Caesar had a tutor who taught him and is sisters. Children that did not behave during this time would be whipped by their teachers (Freeman 24). When boys turned 15 or 16 they would be considered an adult. Another thing different about this time is that crucifixions took place. Caesar would do crucifixions to pirates (Freeman 40).
Crucifixions would start off with a man being flogged, humiliated, and weakened. After being beaten the criminal would
Julius Caesar Essay
Conflicting Perspectives Essay:
As Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius once suggested "Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth"; embodying the notion that conflicting perspectives are held by different people towards both events and individuals. I believe that this common idea is held true in William Shakespeare's production 'Julius Caesar', discussing the conflict between Brutus, Cassius and Antony, Richard Glover's Sydney Morning Herald article 'Take a Moment to Mourn the Mainstream', debating against the depreciation of the respect over radio stations between generations, and Frank Capra's classic film 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington', which expresses the triumph of American ideals...show more content...
The protagonist Brutus and his association with honour stands a key notion in Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'. After the assassination of Caesar, conflicting perspectives arise when Brutus suspects that Cassius has been dishonourable by taking bribes, "Cassius, you yourself/ are much condemned to have an itching palm." In response Cassius retorts "I an itching palm?", with an exclamatory tone, provoking a fight. Through the use of emotive language and sickness imagery, such as "corruption", "bleed", and "contaminate", Brutus spells out his contempt towards such poor principles and his powerful closing lines "I had rather be a dog and bay the moon/ than such a Roman" cement this stance on the matter, whilst stating that he considers that his view on honour is the truthful viewpoint. Comparably, the related text of Frank Capra's 1939 film 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' effectively represents the conflicting values of corruption and honour. Capra's protagonist; the amateur senator 'Jefferson Smith' rises to express his knowledge that the scheme of a Deficiency Bill for a dam is fraudulent and that various corrupt congressmen are attempting to use it for their own profit; "A man
Study Guide for "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
The following questions will help you to prepare for your eventual test over "Julius Caesar". While I will not be collecting this, it is on you to make sure that you are answering the questions as we go. Your test will be taken directly from this study guide.
1) Judging from the events in Act I, the political mood and behavior of the Romans are best described how?
2) When we first see Brutus, he appears to be ________________________.
3) Which line from Act I foreshadows what will happen to Caesar?
4) "Truly, sir... I am but, as you would say, a cobbler" is an example of what literary device?
5) Cassius states, "Men at some time are masters of their fates: / The...show more content...
35) How would one best describe the reaction of plebeians to the speeches by Brutus and Antony? 36) What is the difference between the two funeral orations? 37) Antony says to the assembled mob, "Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up / To such a sudden flood of mutiny." What is Antony trying to do by saying this? 38) When does the turning point of the play occur? 39) After the conspirators kill Caesar, they bathe their hands and swords in his blood. How does this foreshadow the end of the play? What do you think will happen? 40) When Cassius speaks in an aside to Brutus about whether or not Antony should speak at Caesar's funeral, who can hear him? Who else is on stage with him? 41) Why is Antony's speech not considered a soliloquy? 42) Possible Essay question from Act III: In Scene 2, Antony turns a shocked and confused crowd of mourners into an angry mob of rioters. On a separate sheet of paper, be prepared to write a paragraph that describes how this transformation occurs. Cite at least three ways by which Antony achieves this effect. Act IV 43) Who is involved in the planned military conflict of Act IV? 44) In his attitude toward Lepidus, how is Antony characterized? 45) What is Brutus' main motivation? 46) What issue stands between Brutus and Cassius? 47) In his treatment of Cassius, how is Brutus characterized? 48) Who is the poet who appears in Brutus' tent in Scene 3? 49) Cassius and Brutus argue over where they should do battle with
Julius Caesar Essay
Julius Caesar William Shakespeare has written many plays that touched millions of people throughout the centuries. His works are still the most controversial ones favored by many Literature critics because his plays generate spontaneous debates on issues such as friendship, revenge, human ambitions and moralities that lead to dynamic discussion among people. In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, friendship vs. duty is one of the major themes that is developed. One's struggle over the choice between friendship and duty is depicted through the main character, Brutus, as he battles himself to choose between his duty to carry out people's will and his own conscious hitting on his faithfulness to his best friend Caesar. Although...show more content...
Cassius, who does not want Caesar to have all the power in Rome, plans to form a conspiracy to kill Caesar, and other nobles, who believe that Caesar's death is the only way to save the Roman citizens from a tyrannical ruler and to retain republican government, were easily persuaded to join the conspiracy with Cassius. However, although Brutus agrees that Caesar should be killed for the better of the country, joining the conspiracy was extremely pressing and strenuous for him, because Caesar was his good friend. " Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living, and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dea, to live all free men? As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honor him; but as he was ambitious, I slew him" (Act 3, Scene 2, 25 – 27) As Brutus was struggling with his mind, (Cassius speaks of an idealized "Rome" of the past in which kingship was unthinkable. " Rome, thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods!... O, you and I have heard our fathers say, There was a Brutus once that would have brooked Th' eternal devil to keep his state in Rome As easily as a king" (Shakespear 1.2. 151 – 161) Cassius' reminder of an idealized "Rome" draws Brutus's heart toward joining the conspiracy with Cassius, because he realizes that while Cassius and he were
Essay about Gaius Julius Caesar
Gaius Julius Caesar
Gaius Julius Caesar has been described as one of the most influential political and military leaders in history. He began the Roman transition from a republic to an empire. Caesar united Rome under his ruthless power; he controlled religion, senate, and the military. He almost made himself emperor, and this was the fact that inspired his assassination. Caesar was born in Rome on July 12 or 13, 100 BC. He started his education early, as a young man he was placed under the tutorship of M. Antonius Gnipho, a freeborn native of Gaul. Antonius was a well–educated man, and well read in Greek and Latin. Caesar was a product of what could be called the Roman Renaissance; he was well educated in the culture of...show more content...
Antistius Vetus, praetor of Spain. Shortly before he took his position he lost his aunt and his wife. When he returned to Rome and married Pompeia, this strange marriage has been considered a politically tactical move in order to gain an eventual strategic advantage. In 67 BC Pompey the Great had supreme command in the east. Licinius Crassus a rich partician, was bitterly jealous of Pompey's successes. These two men rivaled for the next dictatorship, so in order to keep up with Pompey, Crassus needs the popular support of the people. Who better to help Crassus then the outspoken and popular Julius Caesar, this alliance was considered a marriage de convenance. Caesar was a governor in Spain for a year, he returned in 60 BC. It was at this point that Julius formed a three–way alliance with Crassus and Pompey. This was known as the First Triumvirate. To cement their relationship further, Caesar gave his daughter Julia to Pompey in marriage. Now properly backed Caesar was elected to consul in 59 BC, despite Optimate hostility, the year after he was appointed governor of Roman Gaul. The Gallic wars started in 58 BC, this is because the Helvetii, a Gallic people, were invading a Roman allied tribe known as the Aedui. Caesar marched to Cisalpinc Gaul with six legions; he defeated the Helvetii and forced them back to their homelands. An
Julius Caesar Essay
Augustus Caesar took over the Roman Empire after Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by a group of men and sustained twenty–three wounds. Augustus was able to succeed while "In his will, Caesar had adopted his grandnephew Gaius Octavius, then a young man of eighteen serving in Illyria, across the Adriatic Sea." Augustus made changes to the Roman Empire and these changes resulted in the term the "means" and the "ends." According to Wiesner, "Though Augustus said that he aimed for a restoration of the republic, in reality he transformed Roman government into an empire ruled by one individual." The senate gave him the title of princeps, "prince" or "first man." His reign was called the Principate because of all the power he was given until the time of his death, and then it all passed onto his heir. Augustus reformed the Roman Empire such as establishing an army, reconstructing and adding new buildings, and developing a network of roads. Augustus ruled the Roman Empire for forty years and had many accomplishments while he was in power.
One of Augustus's greatest accomplishments was the founding of the Roman Empire, and he was the first ruler. After Julius Caesar died and Octavius took over the Roman Empire, he realized he had rivals. One of his rivals was Mark Antony, who had served under Caesar's command in Gaul. Wiesner states that "At first Mark Antony and Octavian cooperated to defeat the assassins, but then they turned against each other." During this time the
Julius Caesar Essay
Julius Caesar's legacy and attributes are just as robust today as they were in his time. From the time he took power to the time of his death he accomplished more than many other men would have done in a lifetime. He brought the Roman Empire to its height and from his death on, the Empire did nothing but fall. He was one of the world's greatest leaders and probably the best.
At the age of 15 Caesar became head of his family when his father died in 85bc. His family wanted him to pursue a religious career as the priest of Jupiter but Caesar had other plans. He wanted to dive head long into a political career. He took maters into his own hands when in 84bc he married Cornelia the daughter of one of Rome's stronger leaders at the time,...show more content...
Caesar admired and studied the two most successful Romans of his day, Pompey and Crassus. He followed their ways in shaping his own career. The two men were very different. Pompey rose to power through military victories, while Crassus was a great politician and the richest man in Rome (Green 19).
By 67bc Caesar was back in Rome. His wife, Cornelia, had died two years before. He now had a new wife, her name was Pompeia. She came from a rich family and Caesar used her money to enter politics. Also, he became a friend of Pompey. Pompey had quit the politics that he was involved in and decided to lead a fleet into the Mediterranean against pirates that had been terrorizing Roman fleets.
Pompey took the fleet out while Caesar stayed behind and became good friends with Crassus. Crassus liked Caesar and wanted to teach him all he knew about politics. Caesar was eager to learn. Crassus thought Caesar would be the perfect student.
In 65bc, because of Crassus's help, Caesar was elected curule aedile––– which is the caretaker of Rome's buildings, streets and public sanitation. This job was also used to entertain the Romans. He was in charge of the public events such as the Gladiator events and anything else similar to that. Many of these took place in the coliseum. Caesar had the best games that Rome had ever seen. He was becoming a celebrity in Rome.
Two years later Caesar had bribed the right people to become the high priest of Rome. This was a position of great