The Assassination Of Julius Caesar Essay

2094 Words Mar 18th, 2016 9 Pages
On March 15 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated by sixty members of the Senate and his personal counsel, whom he trusted.[ D.F. Epstein, ‘Caesar’s Personal Enemies on the Ides of March’, (1987), 566.] Rome at this time was a prosperous empire; it was succeeding militarily and flourishing economically. Furthermore, Rome had begun colonizing to deal with overpopulation issues.[ F. E. Adcock, ‘Caesar 's Dictatorship’, (Cambridge and New York, 1951). 710] Then, however, if Caesar was excelling as the ruler of the Roman Empire, why was he assassinated? To become a great leader with the amounts of power Caesar held, one is bound to make enemies. The motives of the individuals who conspired against Caesar and ultimately struck the fatal blows are not necessarily political, but rather very personal. In order to bring a group of intellectuals and influentials together to perform an illegal deed, there must also be a political driving force. By exploring these motives, the hatred these individuals possessed is clear. In turn, by analyzing the political honours bestowed onto Caesar by these men, and his popularity amongst the people, it is evident that the assassination of Caesar was the direct result of personal loathing which had been masked with political opposition and a fear of a monarchy. When Caesar came into power after the civil war of 39-49 BC there were many men who were still loyal to Pompey and the traditionalists in the Senate. In order to win the favour of the…

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