Julius Caesar's Influence

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Julius Caesar is notably one of the most famous people in history. He was a noble and intelligent man born into an aristocrat family who knew what his country needed and how to achieve it. He did various things throughout his life that left an impact on the people of ancient Rome into the present. The most prominent of Caesar’s clout was his influence on the foundation of the Roman empire and the social and political reforms he instituted during his dictatorship that helped to shape Rome into the great empire that it came to be.

Along with all of the other outstanding things Caesar achieved throughout his lifetime, perhaps one of the most influential things he was credited for was his impact on the foundation of the Roman Empire. Caesar
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This was the motivation for Caesar to direct the construction of the Basilica Julia. The construction of the building brought jobs to the people of the city, decreasing the number of unemployed citizens. Once the basilica was erected, which was subsequently completed after Caesar’s assassination, it provided a communal place for the Romans to meet and hold events when the weather wasn’t permitting outside in the forum. It also held a series of offices for some of the administrative city officials (Akhscaesar.wikispaces.com, 2015). Caesar’s initiative to construct new buildings brought beauty and power to his city while providing the people with something that would make them confident and proud in the city that they lived. The construction of a forum, the ‘forum Iulium’ as it known, was initiated and designed by Caesar not for marker purposes, but to provide a centre of business and other kinds for the people (Platner & Ashby, 1929). The forum Iulium also aimed to relieve growing space problems in the forum Romanum. (Everything2.com, 2001). It was not completed by Caesar but by Octavian after his death and was often called ‘forum Caesaris’ in his …show more content…
He ordered for a census to be taken and this led to the decision for the grain dole that already existed in Rome to be reduced by over half. Caesar’s impact on population and in particular the poorest of the population exceeded Rome as after he dropped the dole from 322,000 to 150,000, he offered the people who were disqualified from receiving the dole a new life overseas to places like Carthage and Corinth and ordered those places to be rebuilt and founded new towns like Arles and Seville as mentioned by Jona Lendering (Crystalinks, 2015). This dole reduction and immigration of lower class citizens lowered population numbers significantly in Rome. To reestablish lost numbers, Caesar passed a law which rewarded families who had many children to speedily repopulate the city (Crystalinks.com, 2015). In another attempt to boost population numbers, Caesar allowed Roman citizenship to people of other Roman-ruled territories that perviously were excluded from being a Roman citizen ‘He conferred citizenship on all who practised medicine at Rome, and on all teachers of the liberal arts, to make them more desirous of living in the city and to induce others to resort to it.’ (Tranquillus 121, 42:1). He renewed order in the city by increasing penalties for crimes committed by the rich and the poor. He also undertook a debt reform in Rome as the city was suffering after the civil war. He recognised that the poorer population could no longer afford their

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