Julius Caesar

For it to become the strong empire that it ended up turning into, the Roman Empire had to go through certain political regimes. Of greatest significance however was a man by the name Julius Caesar’s role in that transformation. This paper therefore seeks to take the reader through the early childhood, rise into politics and the eventual assassination of this great man of Rome.

Having been born in a family that was not so well off, Caesar is said to have had his origin in Rome at an estimated time of around July 12, 100 BC. Reliable sources have it that Caesar spent most of his teenage life with his mother, Aurelia after his father died when he was barely 16. Important to note however is the instability that rocked Rome during his early years.

Whether it was by mere coincidence or through intentional effort, no one knows, but history has it that Caesar brushed shoulders with the nobles of his country even at the most tender of age. This became magnified even the more when he ended up marrying a noble’s daughter, Cornelia. He eventually joined the military in order to seek asylum from the then Rome’s dictator, Sulla who sought his life because of his marriage to Cornelia. He eventually returned to his country on learning about Sulla’s demise. This was the time when he commenced his political life.

Caesar’s closest companion (on returning to Rome) became Pompey. In fact, after Cornelia’s death at around 70 BC, a relative of Pompey’s became Caesar’s new wife; they divorced in 62 BC.

Caesar began his political career in 61 BC by becoming the governor of Spain. This was followed by the powerful role of consul in 59 BC. History has it that Caesar formed a partnership (the First Triumvirate) with Pompey and Crassus. During his period as Gaul’s governor, Caesar is said to have harassed his enemies. Ironically enough, a feud ensued between Caesar and his long – time friend, Pompey against whom he ended up fighting at around 49 BC. Pompey got killed in that war. It was then that Caesar got back to Rome where he established himself as one of the most dictatorial rulers of the Roman Empire. During this period however, he is believed to have taken the entire Roman Empire through thorough transformation.

Following his extreme popularity in the empire, his fellow politicians went for his life and he was eventually assassinated through a scheme that was plotted by Brutus and Cassius on the 15th of March, 44 BC. In conclusion therefore, it is important to note that despite his alleged dictatorship in Rome, Julius Caesar has remained a hero that has inspired not only the past generations, but also the current generations and certainly the generations to come.

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