Livy's Roles For The Two Caesars Of The Roman Republic

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1. Livy’s purpose for writing many historical accounts was to inspire the people of Rome to be better citizens. Livy accomplished this by recounting the stories of monumental individuals from Rome’s past who fulfilled political duties in an honorable way and helped to establish the foundation of the city’s traditions and values.
2. Nautius and Minucius were the 2 consuls of the Roman Republic in 458 BC who fought a war against the Sabines. Nautius is more successful because he constructed an entrenched camp and would courageously send out men to attack the Sabine territory at night- which ultimately led to victory. Alternatively, Minucius created an entrenched camp but he remained there fearfully and timidly and did not actively attack the enemy. Therefore this led to the enemy gaining confidence, attacking the camp, and ultimately deciding to surround and blockade Minucius and his men in the camp.
3. It was necessary for the Roman Republic to have a dictator when there were times of crisis such as war. This is due to the fact that it gave the dictator full authority in order to deal with the military emergency by expediting troops, calling upon the people to provide certain supplies/services, and maintaining order and calm in the midst
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One moral lesson that Livy draws from Cinncinatus is how he was working in his field when he was called upon to go “put on his toga” and appear before the senate in the hopes he would be dictator. Cinncinatus was not like most men: he did not desire wealth, recognition, or power and want to abuse them with his dictatorship. Rather, he went immediately to the senate and was dictator because that was his duty as a roman citizen to contribute his abilities for the good of the republic. Livy demonstrates that Cinncinatus was a traditional and noble Roman because he was a landowning farmer (like the majority of traditional roman citizens) and he fulfilled his political duty for the greater good of the people, not for his own

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