Essay about Julius Caesar And The Civil War

1331 Words May 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
Julius Caesar manipulated and bribed his way to gaining political power, specifically the consul of Rome by 59 BC, by becoming popular among the people. He was named governor of Gaul and became a threat to the Senate and Pompey who had already held power in Rome. Caesar became an enemy of the state and made an act of war by deciding to cross the Rubicon river confronting Pompey, a turning point that was the start of a civil war. The sources Suetonius’ “The Deified Julius Caesar” in Lives of the Caesars, Plutarch’s “Caesar” in Roman Lives, and Julius Caesar’s The Civil War each tell of Julius Caesar’s Civil War describing his political manipulation and rise to power involving the famous crossing of the Rubicon.
Being able to distinguish between a primary and secondary source is essential to determine how reliable and credible a source may be. The sources Suetonius’ “The Deified Julius Caesar” in Lives of the Caesars and Plutarch’s “Caesar” in Roman Lives are both secondary source while Julius Caesar’s The Civil War (Book I) is a primary source. A primary source can be a document or physical object which was written or created during the time first-hand originally. Primary sources allow researchers to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event and or time period. Examples include original documents such as diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records; or creative works such as…

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