Hist 126 Wk 4 - Nicole Barbour History 126 Essay #4 Rebecca...

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Nicole Barbour History 126 Essay #4 Rebecca Leber-Gottberg 7/16/09 The Threat of Julius Caesar Julius Caesar was one of the most well-known and significant military and political leaders of Rome. The Roman Senate was threatened by Julius Caesar and the power he had obtained to the point that they plotted his assassination. Caesar’s death is seen as one of the most tragic in ancient history. However, there is a debate whether Caesar was a legitimate and serious risk to the political foundations and the Senate of Rome, or if the Senate was purely envious of the popularity and strength that Julius Caesar had. One thing that is known is Julius Caesar played a major role in the history of Rome, whether he was an actual danger to have in power or a harmless victim. The Senate of the Roman Republic was fearful that Julius Caesar would use his victories to continue to increase his status in Rome and become a Roman statesman or dictator. It was not a secret that “Caesar had enemies within the Senate, where many looked on him as a brash upstart or a potential tyrant” (Chambers 108). When Julius Caesar came back to Rome and named himself “dictator for life” the threat of his power became even more apparent and ominous. Julius Caesar might have been a benefit to the people; however, to the political officials of Rome, he was a major threat. Caesar’s mindset and thirst for power made him an undeniable danger to the principles of the republic.
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The Senate was fearful that Julius Caesar was a danger to the governmental structure of the Roman Republic. Over many years Caesar was victorious in battles that gained land and power for Rome. The Senate of Rome prided themselves on being a republic and in order to maintain their governmental viewpoints “[t]heir solid conservatism acted to restrain hot-headed
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Hist 126 Wk 4 - Nicole Barbour History 126 Essay #4 Rebecca...

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