Pompey had control over Rome and Hispania, while Caesar who had just conquered Gaul and had been gaining power and controlled a large ... ... middle of paper ... ...punished by Antony and Octavian. The hunger for power, envious thoughts of what Caesar could do, and greediness are all traits of an evil man. Brutus carried all of these traits and was truly an monsterosity. Brutus was a dangerous man, not because he had power, but in the sense that he wasa willing to do anything to attain power; even if that meant killing those closest to him. Proving true he plotted and murdered his best friend, Julius Caesar, so he could bend Rome to his will.
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The kings who ruled before him had lost sight of Roman law, in Caesars opinion. Subsequently, before he rose to power, he was sickened at the decisive way the Senate and the kings punished the people. Miriam Greenblatt points out in Julius Caesar and the Roman Republic, that when the senators of Rome and the king collectively decide to execute those they felt conspired against Rome, Caesar opposed them arguing that Roman law declares that its citizens deserve a trial (Greenblatt 16). Due to this, it is noted that “people admired his political courage and moderation,” (Greenblatt 16). Furthermore, During his war with Pompey, he instructed his soldiers not to kill their fellow citizens.
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.
Including winning a brutal civil war between him and his once ally, Pompey. As a result, he was thrust into the position of king in Rome in all but title as Rome was still a Republic and only had temporary dictators in time of crisis (Ushistory.org). The senators and other politicians feared for their political careers and the livelihood of the Republic because Caesar was adored by the Roman public so much that they would have made him king. Additionally, the Senators had allied themselves with Pompey to ward off Julius in the civil war. However, they didn’t surrender to