The Assassination of Julius Caesar Essay

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The Assassination of Julius Caesar

The assassination of Julius Caesar in 44BC by conspiring members of the Roman senate was an effort to remove a dictator whose power had grown to extraordinary levels and to revive the Republic government. Caesar’s power span throughout the entire Roman Empire, which during his reign extended from present day Syria, down into parts of Africa, over to Spain, most of France and all of Italy. He had the favor of the people, military and most of the Roman government. Caesar’s death at the hand of conspirators did remove him from power; however, it did not restore the Republic government as the Senate had anticipated, on-the-other hand it gave rise to yet a more powerful dictator that was beyond what Caesar
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March 15, 44 BCE, the Ides of March, during a Senate meeting, the conspirators surrounded Julius Caesar with the ruse of bestowing love and honor onto him, pulled out their daggers and stabbed him repeatedly until his demise. The assassination went as planned by the conspirators; however, the Senate did not rise up and restore the Republic as the conspirators had hoped. Instead the Senate fled and the death of Julius Caesar brought about a civil war in Rome. The assassination of Caesar also made way for another man, Caesar’s grand-nephew Octavian or later called Augustus, to assume and increase the power Caesar once held. Caesar had name Octavian his successor in his last will and testament. Ironically, Caesar had also named Marcus Brutus as his second successor, in the event that Octavian had not out lived him. Octavian was outraged by Caesar’s murder and sought out all sixty of the Senate conspirators to avenge his grand-uncle. Octavian went on to assume Caesar’s powers and became the first Roman Emperor. Under Octavian reign, the Roman Empire achieved the longest time of peace and stability. Octavian maintained an honest government, improved Roman roads, promoted free trade among the provinces and built many buildings, aqueducts and bridges. He also was given the same honor as Caesar, by having his birth month, August, named after him. He was not only bestowed

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