Through Livy’s literary work, the reader is able to grasp the importance of Rome as a rising nation and use the provided information to judge the present and plan ahead for the future. Livy describes Romulus, the first legendary king of Rome, as the king and military leader “who fostered Rome’s well-being” by a means of war (Livy 1.20-23, pg. 27). Although Romulus committed a few immoral acts, Livy continues to praise the king for his many contributions to Rome’s strength and prosperity many of which came from the killing of Amulius, the founding of Rome, the organization of counsel and guidance, the rape and war of the Sabines and battles with other cities around Rome all within his thirty-seven year reign. Romulus became the prominent figure of the beginnings of Roman history when he killed the tyrant Amulius, and with the help of his brother, Remus, allowed his grandfather Numitor to seize the throne of the ancient kingdom of Alba once again.
This was a time when many civil wars were beginning to happen, as the Roman Republic was about to proceed the autocratic form of rule. Overall, Gladiator was an okay movie, but a patient, historically interested viewer might be among the few to enjoy it. The beginning there was a last great battle with the Germanic tribes on the eve of Marcus Aurelius’ death to start the film with a bang, then after that it became increasingly slow with mini-climax’s few and far in between. The scenery art clothing, and culture was depicted quite wonderfully from the handcrafted 30,000-mud brick arena to the replica of Rome's Coliseum that was built to a height of 52 feet and cost 1 million to build. The movie started fast past and got me enthused, but then let me down with the painfully slow pace to fallow although I enjoyed and appreciated the props that an estimated $103 million was spent on in the filming.
Dear Committee, Julius Caesar is usually credited for bringing down the Roman Republic, but it was Augustus who proclaimed the republic to be brought down. And although he did rule as an absolute ruler, and may even be considered a tyrant in his final years, he set precedents for other rulers in Rome, as well as expanding the empire to its height in some places, and even used some republican ideals throughout most of his reign. In that, he would deserve a place in the Roman emperor hall of fame. One factor that really set himself a part in the Roman emperor hall of fame is his several conquests that put the Roman empire at it’s greatest extent in some places. “He conquered Egypt during the early years of his reign, kept his armies busy in northern Spain, expanded across the Rhine river, and even conquered land along the banks of the Danube river.
The plot focuses on a general in the Roman Empire, Maximus, who the dying Emperor of Rome, Marcus Aurelius, decides to appoint as his successor over his own son, Commodus. Commodus in a fit of jealousy murders his father then asks for Maximus to be loyal to him as he was to his father. Maximus refuses and Commodus orders Maximus and his wife and son be put to death. Maximus races home to save his family but he is too late. Full of grief Maximus is captured by slave traders and is sold to become a gladiator.
Then Caesar and Pompey got into a big fight. Pompey lost. When he tried to run away to Egypt in 48 B.C., he was assassinated. But Caesar still had a problem: Pompey's sons were determined to avenge their father's death and overthrow Caesar. So Caesar tracked down Pompey's sons in Spain and stomped them out at the Battle of Munda in 45 B.C.
Unlike Caesar, Brutus is able to separate completely his public life from his private life; by giving priority to matters of state, he epitomizes Roman virtue. Torn between his loyalty to Caesar and his allegiance to the state, Brutus becomes the tragic hero of the play. Julius Caesar - A great Roman general and senator recently returned to Rome in triumph after a successful military campaign. While his good friend Brutus worries that Caesar may aspire to dictatorship over the Roman republic, Caesar seems to show no such inclination, declining the crown several times. Yet while Caesar may not be unduly power-hungry, he does possess his share of flaws.
Some of the actions are literally barbaric, but what draws the viewer closer to Maximus is his sense of right and wrong. He states that he only fights for something he truly believes in, while others are savages. The plot thickens after the victory of the Romans over the barbarians as the Emperor tells Maximus that he has been chosen to be the next Emperor. Aurelius chooses him because he feels that Maximus can restore power to the Roman Senate, leading to a revival of the Republic. Everything seems as if it will be picture
He faced many challenges, such as uniting the Britons after the brutality of which they were served by the Saxons and then defeating the Saxons at the Battle of Badon Hill. The unification of the Britons after the destruction of their homeland was a battle in itself, and the defeat of the Saxons at the Battle of Badon Hill made Aurelius an icon of hope and security for the Britons; hence the elaborate stories of Arthur being an epic hero. It is logical to deduce that the legend of King Arthur is based on the life of Ambrosius Aurelius due to the parallels between the fictitious life of Arthur and the factual life of Aurelius. Moreover, the personality that Aurelius depicts throughout the historical accounts is nearly perfectly aligned with the traits that Arthur shows throughout the legend. For example, a monk by the name of Saint Gildas wrote of Arthur and the Saxon’s
"Why, there was a crown offered him: and being offered him, he put it by with the back of his hand" (I,II). Caesar's act was served to satisfy the citizens of Rome but he knew his power and authority was limitless. Rome will always be persuaded by Caesar because Caesar has ultimate authority. Brutus is using logos to convince Rome that the death of Caesar was for their good. Brutus is using an example of anaphora to convince the people
Julius Caesar, his great-uncle, took an interest in Augustus. When Julius Caesar was murdered, Augustus discovered that he was Julius's heir to the throne. Before Augustus could gain the throne, however, he was forced to battle the armies of both Cleopatra VII and Marc Antony, who had their own plans for power following Julius Caesar's death. Augustus was victorious, and during his rule as Egypt's first Roman emperor, the country was peaceful and prosperous under his rule. Macbeth compares himself to Mark Antony and Banquo to Octavius Caesar, who defeated Antony in the civil wars.