Abraham Lincoln and Julius Caesar are undoubtedly two men who made history by and through their governance on their own nations. When making comparison of these two great men, one significant feature or mode of comparison is their assassination. Comparing Julius Caesar’s assassination to that of Abraham Lincoln shows both differences and similarities. In either case, the Roman General and the U.S. President were killed by people who were threatened by their authority and power.
The life of Julius Caesar is comparable to the life of Abraham Lincoln in a variety of ways. While unique similarities exist in the lives of these two men, distinct differences also exist. Abraham Lincoln was an orator; Julius Caesar a notable author of Latin prose. They were both leaders. Nowadays, people look up to them as heroes. They shared a significant amount of power in their respective nations. Both men were assassinated. Although a little similar, the manner of assassination of Julius Caesar was quite different from that of Abraham Lincoln. The Roman leader and the U.S. President both came from a different era; their backgrounds were also different.
Gaius Julius Caesar was born in Rome in July 100 BC. Rome was a Republic at this time. He was a statesman, Roman general, Consul, and notable author of Latin prose. He played a significant role in the events that led to the collapse of the Roman Republic and rise of the Roman Empire. He was a leader in a nation where the people were not involved in the government decision-making process. Thus, he had majority of the power in the Republic and was able to form a huge army. He was able to triumph, conquer new lands with the army at his grasp and command. As Caesar acquired more power over the years, some senators feared he was overly ambitious and a dangerous man. His acquisition of more and more power made him a threat to the senators.
In recent and age-old histories, Julius Caesar is thought of as a tyrant. The assassins considered their actions were for the good of the Republic. The culprits called themselves the freer of Rome; they were headed by Cassius and Junius. Several strategies, ideas, and tactics were laid out by the group who met in secret to plan Caesar’s doom. During their deliberations, they came up with numerous ideas and explored the best method to execute their plot.
Assassinating Caesar when he was taking his routine walks down the Sacred Way was one consideration. Another proposition was executing him at the elections. A third plan involved organizing a gladiatorial display. This gives the plotters an added advantage because the display allowed the carrying of swords; thus, the conspirators would rouse no suspicion. Nonetheless, most of the assassins preferred slaying him when he would be sitting at the senate because he would be alone as other senators would be going through the admission process. Finally, this plot was selected as the plan.
A group of Senators convened and summoned Caesar; they...