Essay about Comparing Julius Caesar 's Liberality

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Julius Caesar’s Liberality Machiavelli uses the example of Julius Caesar in his chapter concerning liberality and meanness. In this chapter, Machiavelli focuses on how a prince should regulate his expenses and whether it is better for a prince to be liberal or mean with his money, or in other words, how generous or ungenerous a prince is which his money. Machiavelli uses the example of Caesar so as to counter an opposing point one might bring up. He uses Caesar as an example of what a prince should not do with his own expenses: which is to use them lavishly to gain the reputation of being liberal. Machiavelli does not go into specifics, merely stating that Caesar was liberal so how exactly did Julius Caesar rise to power and in what ways did his “liberality” show itself? Julius Caesar was raised under a certain ideology: the Populare ideology, which favored more rights for the lower class. This was opposed to the Optimate ideology, which favored the upper class and was the Traditional Roman ideology. Julius Caesar rose through the military ranks and eventually gained enough prestige to be able to befriend two very powerful men: Gnaeus Pompeius (Pompey the Great) and Marcus Licinius Crassus, the richest man in Rome (Mark online). Caesar continued to rise to greater power and conquer other areas, which gave him some financial benefits. In 65 B.C.E. Caesar was appointed to be head of entertainment in Rome. It was thought to be very important to keep the people entertained,…

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