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The Assassination of Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar (100 - 44 B.C.) was a very gifted and also a motivated leader. He was appointed dictator of Rome for ten years after he defeated the Senates forces. Some of the senators, such as Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassuis, who he had previously been pardoned, feared that Julius Caesar aimed to establish a monarchy over Rome with himself as the absolute ruler (king). The Romans despised the word king because it went against their belief of being free citizens of a century old republic. Julius Caesar’s life came to an end on March 15, 44 B.C., when about sixty senators attacked and beat him to death.

Although, the city was being run well by Caesar, he was going against the old tradition of the Democracy of the citizens of Rome. He clearly is a proponent of a Democracy for Rome. Both of these leaders were assassinated while they were doing positive things for their people and country. He says that, Democracy has a fair-appearing name and conveys the impression of bringing equal rights to all through equal laws and that Monarchy, on the contrary, has an unpleasant sound, but is the most practical form of government. He backs up this point by stating that if Democracy indeed does work, Cassius and Brutus would have never murdered Julius Caesar. I think that Rome would have been better off with Caesar as its ruler, because after he was killed Rome was turned almost instantly in turmoil.

I feel that Brutus and Cassius killed Caesar because they had an imbedded idea of government in the minds as most of Rome’s people also carried with them. He thought it was not morally correct for a Roman person to be an absolute leader of his own people.

Caesars assassination could be compared to the assassination of United States of America President Kennedy. Dio Cassius also thinks that Caesar is not blameless for his own death. Cicero, the man



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