HST102 Study Questions Rome 2

HST102 Study Questions Rome 2 - HST 102 Readings for Julius...

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HST 102 4/11/07 Readings for Julius Caesar and Augustus Suetonius, Plutarch - Rogers (194-197) These selections deal with Julius Caesar and his assassination. In the Suetonius selections, did Caesar appear overtly tyrannical? Did the conspirators have justification for what happens in the Plutarch selection? Suetonius- Yes, Julius Caesar was overtly tyrannical in the text, he amended every aspects of the system addressing the reforms to his convenience. Plutarch- Yes, the conspirators justified Caesar's reforms for they had realized that Caesar did it for the better of the people too and that they trust it in him for he is unlike Sulla, an educated leader, therefore his reforms were accepted. Sallust, Cicero, Suetonius, Appian - Rogers (190-194, 198-200) The first two selections feature Cicero’s finest hour, his squashing of the Conspiracy of Catiline, the last two, his political battle with Mark Antony. Compare the figure of Cicero to other powerful Roman figures of this period like Caesar, Antony and Octavian. What do his career and death tell you about the nature of the Republic in this period? Why was he killed? Why is Cicero such an enduring and important figure with respect to Rome? Cicero believed in cleansing the political corruptions and that the war that should be fought is the war within the walls of politics in Rome. This was a different approach than that of previous powerful figures; while they believed in exercising force and fighting wars outside Rome, Cicero believed the bigger battle to be fought here is the political “battle” among the politicians. Cicero's career and death reflected the Roman Republic as politically corrupt and that Rome was ruled by a tyrant. He was killed for writing publicly about Mark Antony's personal life, his sexuality, calling him a “public prostitute,” a spendthrift, and a betrayer of the Republican ideals. Cicero was such an enduring figure with respect to Rome because among all the corruptions that exist within the wall of the
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This note was uploaded on 07/13/2008 for the course HST 102 taught by Professor Satterlee during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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