The Assassination of Julius Caesar Essay

1771 Words Nov 8th, 2014 8 Pages
Wendy Voong
History 101
24 October 2014

The Assassination of Julius Caesar
“The Assassination of Julius Caesar” by Michael Parenti goes into details about the events that lead up to the death of Caesar due to class conflicts. In 44 BC, the assassination of Julius Caesar was lead by conspiring members of the Roman senate who wanted to remove the dictator, who was increasingly acquiring power, and to revive the Republic government. Parenti's book protests against the gentlemen historians and the class society that they used to describe the assassination of Julius Caesar. His book also gives us insight about the Late Republic and takes us through the events that were presented in the actions of
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Overall, Parenti believe that ancient and modern historian writers are biasedd due to their social status as gentleman historian, who are wealthy landowning republican aristocracy, and who criticize “post- Gracchian reformers as ‘demagogues’ (Parenti 77) and the ‘common people of Rome from as … ‘rabble’ ” (Parenti 3).
Parenti believes that historian writers in the upper, educated, aristocratic class are the reasons why many pieces of literature portray Caesar as a power mad demagogue or as a person who never wanted power Historian either view the death of Caesar as justified, because he was a dictator and it would benefit the people of Rome, or unjustified, because conspirators were trying to retain power These perspectives are from modern historians not Romans After all, the elite were the ones that had the time to write histories with their resources and connections they had. Parenti combines Karl Marx in with the historians he criticized, describing “the dispossessed peasants of Late Republic who crowded into Rome as a ‘mob of do-nothings’” (Parenti 208). Marx is comparing the difference between the working class of Rome and the modern day working class. This is an example of how Parenti examined the death of Caesar in term of social and people history. Parenti’s people history focus on Caesar and the urban masses because

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