On the other side of things this movie does embellish on history and does have its obvious inaccuracies. The main character of this film, played by Russell Crowe is a leader of the Roman army known as General Maximus Decimus Meridius. In the opening scene General Maximus leads his mighty Roman army to a victory against the Germanic barbarians thus ending a war and earning favor the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. As a result of this the Emperor Marcus Aurelius confides in Maximus and appoints him to a position of leadership. This angers the son of Marcus Aurelius, known as Commodus who then kills his own father and becomes the Emperor of Rome.
Believe me for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor that you may believe.” (126). Brutus appeals to the audience with his honor, and calls them fellow romans and dear friends. By asking the people to believe him for his honor, he lays down his credibility of being an honorable person. He knows that the people know that he is honorable. Because of this, the audience believes that he killed the ambitious Caesar because he cares and loves the people of Rome.
In lines 23-26, Cassius says, “Ay as Aeneas, our great ancestor, did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder the old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber did I the tired Caesar.” In this quote you can clearly see that Cassius is bragging about how amazing he is. He is comparing himself to a great legend and trying to make himself seem better than he really is. Making himself sound noble and brave is Cassius’ way of using ethos to his advantage. He is trying to convince Brutus to join him because working with strong men is a huge honor. In the same way, Cassius uses ethos to try to give Caesar the reputation of a fragile ruler who has
(Unknown: 2) Augustus strongly supported worship of Roman gods, especially Apollo and Mars the avenger, and depicted Roman defeat of Egypt as Roman gods defeating Egypt's Gods. These religious reforms ensured him influential but loyal supporters for when he overthrew the republic system and became dictator. It also gained his the favour of the plebeian class as he many times held festivals for the people. (Sedivy 2: 4) His military reforms ensured that soldiers not only received a fixed income and entitlements once they left military service, but a reduction in the size of the army along with the establishment of an 'auxiliaries' guard to patrol Rome. He provided soldiers with stake in the outcome of the battle to encourage loyalty to Rome and himself, though he publicly portrayed his humility and tried to publicise the new loyalty to Rome.
Owen Connelly’s perspective on the way Napoleon won battles is his opinion and he tries to prove it in this book. Napoleon may have had an ego…maybe he earned it. He may have “scrambled” to get the job done…maybe he thought outside the box and it worked most of the time. But, he was determined and brilliant and to me he still remains the Great Commander that I wish I had when I was in the
Julius Ceasar had many talents that helped him as a great leader. He had the talents of writing, political speaking and was a great soldier and general. During his years, by winning his people over by helping them, speaking to them and fighting for his people. His goal was to be the absolute ruler, person who has total power. After he accomplished his goal, he went on to grant Romans citizenships to many people, he expanded the senate, adding friends and supporters from other regions and creating a job for the poor and giving them unowned land.
They were intended to persuade his critics and reassure his supporters that he was doing all that was possible to protect the Republic. Publishing summaries of his campaigns was one of the best ways to record his successes, which were numerous, so that literate and wealthy citizens could hear of his accomplishments. His rhetorical audience would be all Roman citizens. However, the ones who would learn of his actions first would obviously be the Senate, considering it was the ruling body
Here Brutus illustrates his love Rome, “not that I loved Caesar less, but I loved Rome more” (citation). Brutus explains to the crowd that he did love Caesar, but he loved Rome more and he had slain Caesar because he thought it would be for the better of Rome. Not only did these men use much emotion and logic in their eulogies, but they also use ethnical reasoning
The devices work together to convince the crowd that Caesar being the better and more legitimate ruler, has previously connected with the Romans in a proffessional ethical way as well as connecting with them an emotional way. Antony's use of red herring actually lights the light bulb for the crowd of Rome. The fact that he draws attention to the central issue of Brutus killing caesar and his death affecting Rome, brings the crowd
Livy is also very quick to complement Hannibal and tell the reader just how great a leader he was. This is done so that when one looks back at Hannibal they say that if Hannibal was such a great leader Rome must have been far superior to be able to defeat him. This sense of modesty was how the Romans were supposed to treat the Carthaginian General but they did not. It is very interesting to see that all the evil qualities Livy talks about that are in direct contradiction roman were said to be traits of Hannibal, but for the most part were actually how the Romans themselves had acted. Hannibal’s actions constituted such a threat to the Roman way of life not because of the physical threat to the Romans but because he did the impossible and made it to the gates of the city of Rome.