Julius Caesar's Corruption Essay

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Julius Caesar was a military commander that emerged from the chaos of civil war to take charge of the republic. He later became known as the dictator of Rome, the absolute ruler of Rome. He made many reforms and created a new program to employ the jobless and gave public land to the poor. Julius Caesar was a powerful man and becoming too powerful was what led him to corruption. The Senate was afraid and jealous of his power and they were worried he might plan to make himself king of Rome. Needless to say, the Senate wanted to save the republic and so they went against him. Julius Caesar became corrupt because he was too powerful, the Senate was jealous, and his actions posed a threat.
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His victories and the time period when he was a dictator granted him additional rights by the Senate. Many people think that Caesar was a conservative aristocrat who won power for his personal glory and status within the Republic. However, we do not know whether his actions and reforms were for the people of Rome or for his own good. There is one thing we do know and it is that Julius Caesar’s reforms benefitted many people, especially the poor.
The Senate was very jealous of Julius Caesar. It was not only because of the fact that he was too powerful, but also because the army and the people adored him. He was well respected and said to be the bravest man and the greatest warrior of all time. He was an inspiration for his army, the idol that they were aspired to please. Caesar was undefeatable in battle and each time he won, the greater his power got. Caesar might have not wanted the name of king, however his actions might have given the Senate suspicions. “ The Republic has changed and it was not so much what Caesar was doing as the way he was doing it that bred discontent amongst the aristocracy”( Goldsworthy 501). The battles he has won, the lands he has conquered, and the reforms he has made were all for Rome, but it brought him a greater power. The senate feared of his military power and due to the fact that he was well loved by his people. Many people wanted him to be King and that was not a good thing for the Senate. Many of the Senate members hold grudges against Caesar because of either personal problems or because Caesar ignored their wishes.
Caesar was even named a Dictator for life. His statues were erected and placed in temples, equaling him to a God. He also began minting coins with his image on them in Rome, and soon many other cities employed them as well. Then, Julius Caesar resigned from his consulship and placed two other candidates as consuls. This managed to anger the Senate and they thought that this was a complete disregard for the Roman Republican system. The Roman Republic was a form of government maintained by Rome whose authority was based on popular consent and governed by popular representation and control. Many Romans continued to honor Caesar and that began to anger the Roman politicians more and more. Caesar took many decisions in his hands and this put paid to the Roman senate. They wanted him out, but he had the hearts of the Roman people. They could not attack him publicly because they would risk their own lives. They had to find a way out of this predicament. The final straw for the Roman politicians was when Julius Caesar refused the crown three times in front of the crowd. Caesar has refused, saying he was not the king and therefore not eligible to wear that crown. He lived up to the expectation of his people and did all that was required of him. He spent so much time making Rome an empire to be feared that many politicians thought it was all for his own good. They felt...

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