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Julius Caesar In The Modern World

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Julius Caesar was the last leader of the Roman Republic. It is debated whether or not Caesar was a successful leader, however his influences on society then and society now are impossible to deny. Caesar is still relevant in modern society due to his tremendous influence on culture, language, military and political tactics, invention of a modern calendar, and his iconic representation of the Roman Empire.
One of Caesar’s long-lasting accomplishments is the innovation of a new language and a new calendar. Caesar was very interested in codes such as the Morse code and Pig Latin, but he was credited with inventing the code of Caesar Substitution Cipher (Codes and Ciphers). In this code, ...view middle of the document...

The names of the months may sound like numbers (such as ‘septa’ and ‘octo’), but July was not named after a number, it was named after Julius. Every time one hears the name July, or looks at a calendar, or needs to know the day and month, they are being affected by Julius Caesar, whether they know it or not. Caesar’s innovation and influence on language and culture is clearly relevant today, however society is still affected by many other aspects of Caesar’s reign.
Caesar’s military and political tactics are what led to his success in ancient Rome as well as his modern day fame. The strategy he used to conquer Gaul is passed on for when generals are trained today, and he is also a role model for European leaders in modern times. Some titles are named after Julius Caesar, such as tsar or czar, and Kaiser. Caesar’s last name was adopted by Germans in the form of Kaiser; Islam rulers in the form of Qaysar; and by Bulgarians, Serbians, and Russians in the form of Czar and Tsar. The way Caesar ruled is also influences leaders today. Caesar was one of the first leaders in ancient times to seem to care more about the well being of his country than the well being of himself. He distributed his wealth to the people of Rome, giving 300,000 sesterces to each citizen. His goal was to make Rome a cultural and educational center of the Mediterranean world. He did so by attracting doctors, lawyers, and intellectuals into the city. He was very anti-corruption, and his actions show his devotion to Rome and his wish to bring prosperity and stability to the city. Historians are doubtful in saying that Caesar was a good role model, because he had power-hungry tendencies that most likely led to his assassination. However, Caesar was well liked by the general population, and the Roman Empire lived on in honor of him for almost five centuries after his death. Caesar’s success in ancient Rome is what made him an icon of the Roman Empire.
Apart from Julius Caesar’s obvious reasons for becoming a political icon, he has also influenced the modern world in a very indirect, but nonetheless important, way: he was an influence of the creation of one of the world’s most popular religions. Caesar died in 44 BC and Jesus Christ was born in 1 BC. Their lives never intersected, but they were very closely cropped, meaning that people who remember meeting...

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