How Was Julius Caesar Successful

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Alan Ganesh Mr. Beams Period 6 12 November 2012 Caesar:Rebuilding a Declining Empire Julius Caesar took a declining Rome and molded it into an empire that would help the Roman civilization thrive for a great period of time after his death. His entire life was dedicated to this cause and that is why his plan worked out so smoothly. His ability to lead the Roman people was set up by his childhood because of being born into a patrician family and the jobs that he was involved with in his early career. After his early career, Caesar was elected into consul where he would be able to further his political career and make small changes in Roman society. Using his consulship he gained control over small areas of land and eventually led great military…show more content…
The first thing that he did after he became mature was to leave Rome and join the army. In the army he was first assigned the role of aiding the governor of Asia. “There he was involved in a military victory against Mithradates VI, king of Pontus. In this action he was awarded the corona civica, or Civic Crown, one of the highest Roman military decorations.” (Bishnoi). After this feat Caesar went back to Rome. When Caesar was a young man, he went to the island of Rhodes to learn oratory. While on his way to the island, he was captured by pirates and the pirates demanded a ransom of gold in order for Caesar to live. “When messengers were sent for the money, Caesar promised himself that he would hang his captors someday. When he was released he collected a naval force then found the pirates, and killed them(Bruns 23-34).” This ordeal shows that Caesar had a lot of influence for a private citizen holding no power in a political office. Caesar went back to Rome in 72 B.C., where he was made a military tribune. He then became a quaestor and used this position with the army in Spain in 69 B.C. He was a quaestor in western Spain. After that he returned to Rome and married Sulla’s granddaughter named Pompeia. After this Caesar was elected pontifex maximus. The pontifex maximus was the chief priest of Rome. Then he was elected praetor in 62 B.C. In 61 B.C.He was appointed propraetor. and left Rome…show more content…
While Julius Caesar was dictator, he made a lot of notable changes to the empire. “One of the initial crises with which Caesar had to deal with was a lot ofdebt in Rome, especially after the Civil War when lenders demanded that their loans be repayed and the rest of the economy collapsed.” (Gelzer 94) Since Caesar was a creative thinker he improvised a way to get the economy up by making people repay their loans at the property’s “pre-war” value. This strategy would end up working and the economy went right back up to where it was supposed to be. Caesar put into place the construction of new public buildings which reduced the unemployment level and it boosted the economy. Caesar made many other improvements as dictator by making more jobs, boosting the economy, and helping out the poor and middle classes. Overall this made Julius Caesar a very effective
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