Political Success of Augustus The political success of Augustus can be attributed to the advantages inherited to him through Julius Caesar: the divine connection, wealth, and military legions; his success can also be attributed to the adverse effects of the civil wars: a weakened senate and a populous seeking any sign of stability to adhere to. However, Augustus greatest asset and the foundation to his stellar success lay not in the advantages bequeathed to or taken by him (for other men in history have been given similar advantages and failed), but in his opportunistic character. Possessing a watchful eye and patience, he knew when to either extend his reach or bide his time; a trait that breathe a manipulative propagandist genius and beget an empire. On the basis of revenge, the young not yet metamorphosed Octavian was able to rally troops to his side and consolidate power through the elimination of Caesar’s conspirators and those connected therein. These proscriptions killed “150 senators,” further deteriorating an already weakened senate.
In my opinion, Caesar was a dictator because he reforms laws and gives rights to people only to gain popularity, because he caused havoc in the balanced world of the Republic, and, alas, because he caused a civil war between him and the Senate which endangered and/or killed many innocent citizens. How can any person, even the most sincere, gain a leading position in the Roman Republic? By having support from the citizens. Caesar knew this, so to gain popularity and power he supported and helped the citizens, hiding his hypocrite corrupt face behind a mask of generosity and kindness. He, after benefitting of the priviliges of sole consul, restored the ordinary consulship because the constitution required two consuls (even if he enough power to change even the constitution) and because the people would have approved.
He uses his high ranking status to gain his credibility as an honorable man. He asks them to “believe me for mine honor” and to “have respect to mine honor.” He does this in order to make what he says afterward sound more believable. This works well in gaining him some credibility and believability. Brutus then moves to talking about how much love he had for Caesar. 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.
Shakespeare sees rhetoric as one of the most powerful forces in the world; able to topple kings and crown them. The play, Julius Caesar, examines what gives rhetoric its power by putting Brutus's speech against Mark Antony's. Shakespeare shows Antony's rhetoric to be superior by the effect he has on the plebeians. To be sure, Antony does not have it easy. He is already a man distrusted by the conspirators for his friendship with Caesar.
This negatively impacted the empire, however his achievements and success should be taken into account. At the beginning of his reign within the first six months Caligula’s relationship with the senate strong and positive. He was bestowed with the highest honours; Tribunicia potestas, the Maius imperium and the Consular Imperium. All of Caligula’s relations were stable and content as a whole. The legacies that were promised to the people in Tiberius’ will were honoured, lavish games were staged for the people of Rome and on top of this, unpopular sales tax were removed.
This is also backed up by claims that his leadership and understanding of issues was superficial. Although he stated he would have a direct influence on the business of the empire, as he was a firm believer in the divine right of Kings, he lacked powers of steady application and was often distorted by his own prejudices. Despite intending to be involved in the politics of his empire, the Kaiser led a life full of state dinners and other luxuries causing him to be away from Berlin for many periods of time. This meant that the chancellors and other government authorities that the Kaiser had appointed were left to initiate decisions without his input. His authority and position meant that only he could appoint and dismiss the men that made the German Government.
Power in Rome during the time of Antony and Cleopatra was highly military in nature. This is not surprising due to the amazing gains achieved by the Roman Empire through military conquest. Rome, or as described in the text as '"'the ranged empire'"' (1.1.36) was certainly very prosperous at this time with most of the known world under its control. The phrase "'"all roads lead to Rome"'", still recognized in this day and age stands testament to the amazing power of Rome in it hay-day. Rome, however, still remained a democratic state, so while military had a huge presence and sway in the roman political sphere it was the senate which ultimately decided what and what not was to be done.
Many of the Conservatives at the time realised that it was inevitable due to popular agitation and past attempts to pass similar acts that the act would be passed and thus knew that it did not involve an abundance of political skill other than that of oratorial talent to pass this electoral reform through the commons. Thus this can clearly not be the only reason why the Conservatives saw Disraeli as the next leader. His political skill and determination was one of these reasons and played a considerable part in his rise to party leader. He was a very intelligent man and clearly was at ease with the English language, his
With the planning of Caesars downfall, those plotting against him knew that first they must gain his trust; else their plot would be easily foiled. The conspirators formed a strong bond with the leader, necessary to carry out their plot in many ways. Cassius and Brutus had both fought on the side of Caesar during their war with Pompey, so they are friends to begin with. Other conspirators are even more trusted by Caesar. Decius had a strong friendship with Caesar before the play started, critical to the conspirators getting Caesar to the senate house.
Indeed, it could be argued that the intrigues and machinations of the imperial court were the defining characteristics of the Julio-Claudian period. This therefore explains why the discussions of motives behind decisions during the Julio-Claudian era have been so controversial. Due in part to his brother Germanicus being a highly regarded member of the soldiery, Claudius was bestowed the role of Emperor after the assassination of Caligula, despite his perceived feebleness and having limited military or any administrative experience at all. It is furthermore suggested that he was potentially intended to be a ‘puppet emperor’ for the Praetorian Guard’s benefit, “The Praetorian Guard sat at the very heart of Rome, and usually reported only to the emperor of Rome himself and it wasn't long before they started to abuse this power”. Initially considered too incompetent to rule, Claudius arose to the role of emperor in an admirable manner for his condition; he was always ill, and was said to have possessed neither natural dignity nor authority.