To effectively argue whether Julius Caesar’s death can be justified, you must examine the true character of Julius Caesar. From examining Caesar’s great military and leadership skills, ongoing compassion for his empire and rising to power from his situation, it is clear that his murder cannot be justified. Julius Caesar has been acknowledged as one of the greatest military minds of all time. He had natural leadership abilities which allowed him to create strategies to outsmart his opponents. Caesar was a member of the First Triumvirate along with Crassus and Pompey, these men were known as the most prominent men of Rome.
The three men were in an alliance to increase their power and to control the government. Under Caesar’s leadership, his armies were able to expand the Roman Republic through numerous battles.
In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Caesar said “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; seeing that death, a necessary end will come when it will come.
” Many have tried to push a comparison between Caesar and Trump which simply does not stand. Julius Caesar intentions were only to strengthen the power of the Roman Republic, and he was the perfect prospect for the job. Through Julius Caesar’s service for the Roman Republic, he showcased immense compassion for Rome and its citizens. Caesar offered the poor the opportunity for a new life in overseas colonies.
Throughout his rule, he wiped out a quarter of Rome’s debt. Even so after Caesar’s death, he had written in his will for each citizen to be rewarded 75 drachmas. Although his men betrayed him, he always had their best interest at heart.
Caesar was in complete disbelief to know that his closest friend Brutus was also a part of the conspiracy, his last words were “Et Tu Brute?” Julius Caesar was born to a noble yet poor family. At age sixteen, Julius lost his father. Caesar married himself into a noble family through Cornelia so he could jumpstart his political career. Julius Caesar then took it upon himself to join the army, later to become the governor of Spain, be joined into the First Triumvirate, gain the title of consul, and even become recognized in 45 B.C. as dictator for life. The men who took it upon themselves to murder Julius Caesar were simply jealous of his everlasting position in the government. Cassius saying, “Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves that we are underlings. ‘Brutus’ and ‘Caesar’—what should be in that ‘Caesar’? Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together, yours is as fair a name; Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well; Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with ’em, ‘Brutus’ will start a spirit as soon as ‘Caesar.’ (1.2.146-156),” goes to show his envy of Caesar and how he is trying to convince Brutus that he should join the murder conspiracy. The men of Rome longed so desperately for Julius Caesar’s position that they stripped his life away to remove his power. In conclusion, the jealousy and selfishness of the Roman senators are what led them to these nefarious acts, essentially not the good of Rome being their motivation.
As a whole, Caesar led Rome in the best way possible by expanding Rome, decreasing debt and being a compassionate ruler. Julius Caesar’s potency was simply too intimidating to the men who decided to stab him in his back. The fifty-six years of his life was an unfair deal, Caesar’s later potential is unimaginable. Julius Caesar indeed died a “valiant” yet unexpected death.