For thousands of years people have been talking about the great powerful Caesar. He is one of the greatest known dictators known to people today mostly because of all of the things he was able to accomplish during his rein as emperor. After reading primary sources about Caesar, it has given me a better understanding of what other people thought of him during this time period. It’s safe to say that Caesar was obsessed with power and respect from other people that would explain his thirst for war and land, which is one of his greatest strengths and helped in making Rome a great empire.
First of all, Caesar always felt entitled to himself and always had the audacity to see everyone as beneath him. A great example of Caesar’s bravery and fearlessness is when he was eighteen and was escape the punishment from the dictator Sulla, so in the process he was captured by pirates, who decided to be help for ransom. “When they demanded twenty talents for his ransom, he laughed at them for not knowing who he was, and spontaneously promised to give them fifty talents instead, Next after he had dispatched friends to various cites to gather the money…he felt so superior to them that whenever he wanted to sleep, he would order them to be quiet” . Even being surrounded by murderous pirates clearly out numbered, he refused to let them think that they were in charge while he was in their captivity for thirty-eight days.
Afterwards, Caesar’s friends came around to pay the ransom and the pirates, they released him to go and spend their money as they wish. But that didn’t mean it was over for Caesar; after the pirates ran away they were captured and put in prison for their crime at the hand of Caesar. “Caesar [then] took the pirates out of prison and crucified them all, just as he had often warned them on the island that he was going to do when they thought he was joking” . In a way, Caesar used the pirates as example to everyone to show what would happen if you tried to defy him.
To continue, Caesar was also very unpredictable at times. For instance, the poet Catullus would write about what he thought about Caesar. He didn’t write about Caesar’s political power, but about his sex life. “They’re a pretty good match, those fags, Mamurra and the queer, Caesar. And no wonder. They’ve both got the same stains, one of them a City guy and the other from Formiae, and they won’t wash out. One’s just as sick as the other, those twins” . A lot of people thought that this poem would have enraged Caesar, but after Catullus apologized Caesar invited him to dinner. This shows that Caesar can be forgiving and generous, which is not a side to Caesar a lot of people say often.
Besides from being spontaneously generous at times, Caesar was one of the most successful military commanders in Ancient Rome. For instance after hearing about Vercigetorix’s plans Caesar,
…decided to set up the following types of fortification. He had twenty-foot wide ditch dug, with vertical sides, so...