Leadership Qualities Of Julius Caesar

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Not Only Dictator But Also Military Leader When the name Julius Caesar is heard, it typically triggers the image of an exemplary leader that led Rome into prosperity. Although notorious for being an extraordinary dictator, he was also most noted for his military excellence and unsatisfied zeal for global expansion. Caesar was construed as a clever military tactician, whom displayed both caution and bravery, and was merciless, yet fair, which led to boundless loyalty from his soldiers and citizens. He was someone with an influential personality and military expertise, which is why he was able to rein over an empire the size of Rome. Through many military accomplishments and defeats, Julius Caesar created many allies and enemies that proved …show more content…
However, on the way across the Aegean Sea, he was kidnapped by pirates and was released after the ransom was paid, but afterwards, he raised a fleet, captured the pirates, and crucified them. Finally, when he arrived to Rome, he was elected military tribune and ironically, married the granddaughter of Sulla. Overwhelmed with debt, Caesar turned to Marcus Licinius Crassus, one of Rome’s richest men, and Crassus paid most of his debts in return for political support against Pompey. Soon after, he served as a governor in Hispania Ulterior, where he conquered two local tribes, Callaici and Lusitani, and was acclaimed Imperator, an honorary title assumed by certain military commanders (Corfield 2-3). In his return, Caesar made an attempt to reconcile Crassus and Pompey by creating the alliance, the First Triumvirate, which became official through the marriage of Pompey and Caesar’s daughter. This alliance was completed by Caesar’s political and military skills, Pompey’s influence, and Crassus’s money (“Julius Caesar” …show more content…
In 50 BC, Pompey ordered Caesar to disband his army and return to Rome because his term as governor was finished, but Caesar thought he would be prosecuted if he entered Rome. Impatient and frustrated, Pompey accused Caesar of insubordination and treason, so Caesar crossed the Rubicon River toward Rome on January 10, 49 BC and ignited a civil war. Pompey and the Senate fled to Brundisium with no desire to fight; meanwhile, Caesar set his senate and was declared dictator (Candora 286). Afterwards, Caesar set off for Hispania with Mark Antony in control of Italy to defeat the allies and army of Pompey. Finally on August 9, 48 BC, Caesar defeated Pompey at Pharsalus,

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