The Role Of Roman Men In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

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A tribune is a term referring to the title of various elected officials in Ancient Rome. This includes military and civil officials. The word “tribune” comes from the original Latin word “tribunus.” The only people in Rome who were ranked above the tribunes were the legates, who were Roman generals (Britannica). Roman tribunes play a big role in the play of Julius Caesar. This paper will explain the role of the Roman tribune, as well as relate it to the play of Julius Caesar. A tribunes main job was to protect the Roman people against oppression. Oppression is cruel or unjust treatment and control (Dictionary.com). Therefore, the tribunes job was to keep the people safe from the kings or generals that tried to do harm or have complete …show more content…
The main character, Julius Caesar, is a great Roman general who has just recently returned from a victory in Spain. Many people of Rome love him and look up to him. When he returned back home, he battled with Pompey, another Roman general, for power over Rome. He won and was going to be awarded king the following day (Hylton). Even though Caesar had tons of fans, a lot of people feared his power and believed that his rule would bring slavery and less power for the people of Rome. On March 15, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of conspirators (Sparknotes). When Julius Caesar returned home from Spain, he was praised as a hero. He claimed to have killed two million people in about fifty battles. Although many of the Roman people loved him, those in the Roman senate worried about what would happen if he became dictator for life. Julius not only fought in battles, but he did many other great things for the nation of Rome. He gave land to veterans, gave grains to the poor, cleaned up dangerous streets, created a library, and created jobs. Because of this, the citizens of Rome loved him and began to make him dictator. The senate worried because their was no longer a republic. As Rome was quickly becoming a tyrant, the Senate feared that they no longer had a voice. Also, Caesar’s pride in himself made a lot of the officials worried for the nation of …show more content…
Although people will never know what bad or good Julius Caesar would of done as dictator of Rome, we can see that the Roman tribunes who disliked him thought that Caesar would be bad for the nation. While some argue that the tribunes killed Caesar out of jealousy, others believe that he was killed for the in betterment of the Roman people. As a tribune, they were looking out for leaders who may be unjust to the people or who may have too much control over the lives of the people. Julius Caesar stuck out like a sore thumb. He was a guy that was cocky and wanted to dictate the Roman Empire. The conspirators who killed him were trying to help Rome stay a healthy, well-run, and fair republic. Only doing the job which the republic had given them the authority to

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