Although there were several involved in the assassination of Caesar, one individual stood out because of his relationship with Caesar and unusual position. This essay will display characteristics of Brutus that represent the makings of a trustworthy and respectable leader while also underlying his flaws. When analyzing Marcus Brutus and his ideals, the inevitable question becomes did Brutus truly believe that his actions were strictly for the good of Rome? And why was it necessary for Caesar to have to die for Rome to prosper? This essay will examine these questions and illustrate the justification of Marcus Brutus betraying and killing Julius Caesar.
Hannibal, the Man Who Shook Rome By Cannon Skidmore World History Professor McSweeney Cannon Skidmore World History Research Paper Professor McSweeney Why was Hannibal such a difficult opponent for the Roman Army? How One Man Waged a War Behind Enemy Lines for 15 Years Against the Greatest Military Power on Earth The Roman’s are a people who are remembered for the great scale of their empire. The Romans extended their dominion as far as possible, and did so with their famously formidable Roman army. It was therefore rare for the name of one man to strike fear into their hearts and cause such chaos ac described by Livy as “The wailing cry of the matrons was heard everywhere, not only in private houses but even in the temples. Here they knelt and swept the temple-floors with their disheveled hair and lifted up their hands to heaven in piteous entreaty to the gods that they would deliver the City of Rome out of the hands of the enemy.” Over the Hannibal Barca challenged the authority of the Roman Army more than anyone in all of history.
Who Deserves the Title of the Great? Ancient history is full of leaders and conquerors that impacted the world in many ways, but none can compare to the might of Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Both were two very important and influential men in the history of the world but only one deserves the title of the Great. Alexander was a Greek king and military commander of one of the most successful armies in the world during the ancient times while Julius Caesar was also a military leader and was quintessential in the demise of the Roman Republic but the rise of the Roman Empire. These two men were determined to rule and conquer the world, and both came very close, though using different tactics.
With the Helvetii 400 000 Gallic people where migrating through the northern corner of the province. Caesar saw this as an opportunity to gain propaganda so he provoked a war and defeated the Helvetii forcing them to return to their home land. This situation is similar to Caesar turning on his old allies, the Suebi people. Caesar saw the opportunity for a spectacular campaign so he drove the Germans back beyond the Rhine. During these campaigns Caesar revealed his thirst for military glory and prominence among the people of Rome.
Reading first, Brutus enlightened the crowd of Rome’s oppressed fate under Caesar’s reign, and questioned, “…Who here is so vile that will not love his country?” (Julius Caesar Act III. sc iii. lines 23-24). Antony’s rhetorical question was better because he logically disproved Caesar’s kingly ambitions by stating a specific instance. Brutus evoked a feeling of patriotism in the crowd, which may have been more effective if he had spoken second.
He appeals to their emotions by saying that his love to Caesar was no less than that of any dear friend of Caesar’s and that he did this “not that I loved Caesar less but that I loved Rome more. Through this he wants to show that he did not kill Caesar out a jealous rage but rather he did it for the better of the Roman people. This is effective in bringing a solid reasoning to his seemingly crazed killing. Brutus now continues by suggesting that if Caesar were to live they would all become slaves. He questions if anybody there “is so base that would
He was, arguably, ell bent on a path of war, not the type to hesitate to take what he wanted by force. Caesar had crushed Pompey, another supposedly honorable man, as well as his army. He was also of the “falling sickness” or epilepsy, and this would have inhibited his abilities as a tactful and empowering ruler of Rome. Even Marc Antony and Octavius, Caesar’s closest friend and his nephew, had considered Brutus an honorable Roman in the end, to the point of housing his lifeless body within Octavius’ tent, a standard only for the bravest of
In the thousands of years men have formed nations and established dominance over one another, no other event has made as much an impact on military history as the Punic Wars during the fourth and third century BC. The Punic Wars served to demonstrate to all of the known civilized nations at that time the type of world power the Romans were willing to prove themselves to be.. With strategy, deception, and ultimate persistence, they shifted the balance of power in the European-Mediterranean region. But the larger change was a shift of power within the Rome itself that was brought by the larger, stronger military organization. It would serve to de-crease the supremacy of the Senate and Consul and give rise to a form of government. The first Punic War began almost
His reasoning for killing Caesar was the fact that Caesar was too ambitious. Although this was a good reason it was all an assumption and he gave no evidence on how Caesar was ambitious. Although Brutus did hypothetical situations to the countrymen to convince them further that Caesar could of became a tyrant. For the love of Rome is why Brutus murdered Caesar and that convinced the people that there was no man nobler than Brutus. He had won them over until Antony began his speech.
The audience is initially memorized by the Brutus they love, and are grateful for the ‘honorable acts’ he committed. This element of coercion helps him achieve his intentions of blindsiding the people to all aspects of the truth. But no worries, Brutus’ kind friend Antony will be sure uncover all and nothing but the truth for the commoners to second guesses Brutus’ words. 2nd Textual Quotation: “If, then, that friend demands to know why I rose up against Caesar, this is my answer: it’s 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 dead, to live all free men?...Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman?