Julius Caesar : The Fall Of The Roman Republic Essay

1479 Words May 4th, 2016 6 Pages
In 59 BCE a three-way partnership between Julius Caesar, Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, also known as Pompey, and Marcus Licinius Crassus, also known as the First Triumvirate. Together, these three men use their power and political influence to control Rome. In the end, only one man was left standing. Julius Caesar rose to power and proclaimed himself dictator. This marks the fall of the Roman Republic. Many historians such as Philip Freeman still argue whether the fall was due to Caesar, or others such as Purdue argue that it was due to economic factors as well. The purpose of this essay is to examine Julius Caesar’s contributions to the Republic, leading up to its downfall, and to assess whether he is to be held responsible. To what extent can Julius Caesar be held responsible for the fall of the Roman Republic circa BC 59 - 44 BC? Julius Caesar is responsible for the fall of the Roman Republic because of the Civil War that he instigated, his political campaign, and his death. These are all factors that led to the collapse of the Roman Republic.

In 59 BC s a fragile alliance was formed, composed of three members. It was composed of Julius Caesar, Pompey and Crassus. This was known as the First Triumvirate. When Crassus was killed, the remaining two members Julius Caesar and Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus fought for control. When Pompey’s wife, Caesar’s daughter, died their relationship became even more unstable, leading to a military conflict between the two. This is known as…

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