Essay on Caesar, Hannibal, and Alexander the Great

1262 Words Aug 4th, 2010 6 Pages
It was the leadership of Caesar, Alexander, and Hannibal that heavily influenced the Roman society, the ancient world, and the western civilization. Ambition drove Alexander the Great to conquer the unconquered, propelled Caesar to the top of the political spectrum with no birthright, and helped Hannibal defeat a dominent society in the ancient world. It was Julius Caesar's successful military tactics, his drive to the top of the political society, and his succession without the right, privilege, and possession to which a person is entitled to by birth. Alexander, and Hannibal proved to be superior leaders, and military geniuses, but above all Julius Caesar was the greater of the three.
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Hannibal took the battle onto Italian soil, “where the people were once liberated, would ally, with him against their oppressors.”[6] Hannibal's reputation for bravery, ambition and military strategic maneuvering did not go unnoticed. In Caesar's case, he would soon recognize the need to secure peace and the inevitable need of his generation “to find a simple method to pick supreme leaders, to govern far-flung domains with stability and establish a reasonably durable peace.”[7] Rome was unprepared , and not able to readily accept this solution, the rule of one man.
Alexander and Hannibal were presented with endless opportunities to expand and test their abilities from birth, but for Julius Caesar such opportunities were not accessible. “Alexander, the son of Philip”[8] was offered some of the best education, training, and childhood in all of Greece. Hannibal, the son of Hamilcar , the Carthaginian administrator and general, would receive training, experience in military tactics and oathed to “crush the Romans”[9] all at a relatively young age. Unlike Alexander and Hannibal, Julius Caesar had to achieve and prosper on his own, only with determination and hard work. Caesar had to “encourage the enmity between Crassus and Pompey and hope to come out as sole survivor of the struggle. When one of them seemed to be winning he could rush to his aid. But

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