Domitian disposed of rivals and opposition, thus making him a very paranoid man. The killings of these men started Tacitus' anti-emperor feelings. Domitian's reign was modelled on Tiberius' who Tacitus also heavily criticised. But, in Annals 13 and 14, Tacitus concentrated n Nero, whom he despised. Tacitus' personal career as the provincial governor had revealed to him, at court and in administration, the play of power that lay behind the imperial facade of rule.
Caesar did not respect the Senate, his people’s elected representatives. He undermined the Senate’s power over him, one of his greatest blows in destroying the Roman Republic. The destruction of the Roman Republic can be accredited to Julius Caesar because his egotism resulted in the government only supporting him, he was willing to gain power at any cost which put many people at risk, and had no respect for the Roman Senate’s power over him. Caesar however, was killed by a group of conspiring senators before he could destroy the Roman Republic even more than he already had. It is a matter of great curiosity then, how much more glorious the Roman Republic could have been if Julius Caesar had not destroyed it.
His expertise is Ancient Roman and Italian History. Other notable works by Franzero are The Life and Times of Cleopatra and The Life and Times of Tarquin the Etruscan. Franzero's biography of Nero is very complex and controversial. Nero is renown as one of the most vicious, merciless, and least efficient emperors of the Roman Empire. Franzero's ultimate aim is to uncover and reveal the man behind the popular brutal and crude image.
Few doubt the fact that after Sejanus death Tiberius became suspicious and vengeful. Others feel that Tiberius was cruel and a tyrant. Tacitus was one of Tiberius greatest critics. His writings portrayed a completely evil ruler who used unlimited power to destroy his enemies. However Tacitus was a believer in the republic style of rule and hated the empire that replaced it.
Vengeance is the common attribute of both the heroes where one is perceived to be right and moral while the other is regarded as barbaric and unethical. Titus Andronicus is a war hero and a devoted Roman general who returned home after fighting a battle against the Goths for a decade. Willbern has expressed that this Shakespeare’s hero eventually evolved the act of cannibalism after indulging into a vicious cycle of vengeance and revenge with the Goths Queen, Tamora. Titus is barbarian in nature and his chaotic orders in the name of Roman goodwill had been too bad for his Roman empire . The sacrifice of Alarbus for appeasing the Roman deaths, breaking of his own daughter’s formal engagement and killing his own son are some of the actions of Titus, a coldhearted murderer that makes it almost unattainable to sympathize with his zealous and absence of humanitarianism and almost ludicrous loyalty for Rome.
As the battle comes to a close, it becomes clear that the corrupt and appalling actions that had previously taken place had been rectified when supporters will triumph and many conspirators take their own lives as their army crumbles. Speaking of corruption, by the time of the play’s start the Republic is rank with fraud and manipulation. The reader is introduced not to a democracy, but to a tyrannical government controlled by an ever exploitive Caesar. Caesar’s overwhelming obsession with power tempted him to abuse his position of power, a temptation that was too much f... ... middle of paper ... ...th guilt, greed, and remorse (Henze). It is clear that the longing for power was the source of the sequence of events that lead to the death of Brutus.
Indeed it can be shown that Macbeth’s pride vulnerability, vaulting ambition, and over confidence brought him to kingship and change the tragic hero into a sinister tyrant, bringing him closer to his death. Pride will always bring a man to their downfall, which is true for Macbeth; Shakespeare made Macbeth a character with multitude amount of pride, which is ones of his major character flaws. Macbeth has an arrogant personality, because of his many triumphant battles Macbeth was apprehending the title of; Price of Cumberland-the highest honor after king. When it was bestowed upon Malcolm, Macbeth was mortified. As a proud man this was a slap to the face, he thought that he was a better representative of that title which provoked him into to becoming king while pushing all morality aside.
The justification of the killing of Caesar is arguable from many different perspectives. Brutus justifies the assassination by saying Caesar would have gone on to become a tyrant, an oppressor and a burden on Rome for long to come. He argues that by killing Caesar, he is relieving Rome of a certain dictator. Cassius sums this ideology up well when he says - 'Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus; and we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about to find ourselves dishonourable graves.' Cassius even goes as far as comparing Caesar to the devil - 'There was a Brutus once that would have brook'd the eternal devil to keep his state in Rome as easily as a king.'
When one rises in power and prestige, that individual evokes envy and loathing by others. In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (JC) by playwright William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar’s fellow senators collude to kill Caesar as his profoundly increasing dominance over Rome becomes apparent. Decades ago, Mahatma Gandhi, a non-violent political and spiritual leader, was detested by many and was eventually assassinated by Nathuram Godse for his reforms and influence. Hence, great political ambition breeds great political enmity is a theme seen in the play The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar as well as historically in the life and assassination of Mohandas Gandhi. Julius Caesar's increasing power is perceived as a threat to the Republic of Rome and its people, and his strong desire for success evokes government officials to abhor Caesar as well as to attempt to limit his control over Rome, proving the theme great political ambition breeds great political enmity.
The Senate of the Roman Republic are the ruling power over most of the known world. Yet this powerful and influential senate is easily threatened by one man; Julius Caesar. To the senators Caesar is the catalyst for the downfall of a Republic they had worked so hard to create and protect. The playwright William Shakespeare dives into this world of betrayal and ambition with his play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Using his voice as a writer he takes the audience into Rome and lets them experience each riveting moment of Caesar’s fall.