How Did Julius Caesar Fall To An Empire

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Rome: March Towards an Empire A republic plagued with civil wars and social infighting is bound to not remain a republic long. Such was the fate of Rome. The final years of the Roman Republic saw nearly a dozen civil wars; the final war, the Battle of Actium, ultimately leading to the Republic's demise. In such turmoil, as power becomes instable and violence common, a nation seemingly begs for the emergence of someone to stabilize and bring order to a chaotic state; someone to claim power above the squabbling factions; essentially a dictator. Rome also had such a figure -- in Julius Caesar. This essay will examine the three immediate causes of the collapse of Rome's senate and the establishment of an Empire, beginning with Julius Caesar's rise to power, and ending with the “first settlement”, after Octavian's claiming of the throne.…show more content…
This union insured all three men great standing and power within Rome, and granted them complete authority in Senate. The avarice of the trio would prove limiting, however, as their egos destroyed their standing with one another. Crassus' death in 53 BC at the hands of the Parthians effectively undermined the alliance. Shortly thereafter, Pompey aligned himself with an archconservative faction of the Senate, diametrically opposed to Caesar. This shift in alliance resulted in what is known as Caesar's civil war, obviously leading to a Caesarian victory. Pompey's death in 45 BC left Caesar sole ruler of the Roman
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