Essay on The Downfall Of Julius Caesar

2536 Words Nov 17th, 2016 11 Pages
In 63 BC the first emperor of Rome was born Gaius Octavius, from parents in the equestrian class. Indeed in his early years the most remarkable thing about Octavius was his uncle, Julius Caesar. The first real hints of the leader he would become came in 46 BC, at the age of 17, when he travelled to Hispania to join his uncle during the civil war between Caesar and Pompey (Suetonius 8). Fighting a sustained illness, surviving a shipwreck, and crossing enemy territory on foot, Octavius eventually joined his uncle’s forces and earned his deepest respects. It was after these feats of bravery and loyalty that Julius Caesar adopted Octavius to become his legal son and chief benefactor of his will (Suetonius 7). It should be noted that although Julius Caesar’s ultimate motives as ruler/dictator were never made fully clear, he was, for all intents and purposes, already setting the table for transferring the Roman Republic into an Empire. It was this lust for power and sole control that ultimately caused his death, in the form of an assassination by the Roman Senate. There is an old saying that killing a man only makes him a martyr, and only strengthens his cause. And with hindsight that the Romans of the time did not have, we can see this is ultimately true with Octavian. He would go on to finish what his adopted father had started, in rebuilding a Rome under a singular authority. With a flair for politic that even his uncle did not possess, the young Octavian thrust himself into…

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