He also showed his intelligence in turning a weakness into a strength. He asked the senate for permission to stand in absentia, but Cato blocked the proposal.
We likewise leave to the realm of legend the genealogical table that would have Olympias descended of Aeacus the son of Jupiter and the nymph Aegina.
And he died, like Alexander, planning fresh campaigns. Militarily, he wanted to conquer the Dacians and Parthiansand avenge the loss at Carrhae. The term of his governorship, and thus his immunity from prosecution, was set at five years, rather than the usual one.
They liked to pardon their captives, gave them help as well as pardon, and wanted nothing except simply to be supreme.
A naval battle was held on a flooded basin at the Field of Mars.
He marched into Macedonia with starving troops after his near-defeat by Pompey. In 53 BC Crassus was killed leading a failed invasion of the east. Caesar likewise ornamented his native intelligence and drive for conquest with the best education available in the classical world. They were unusually ready to fight determined opponents, but very quick to offer settlement.
A riot broke out, and only stopped when Caesar had two rioters sacrificed by the priests on the Field of Mars. In Antiquity, a boy who wanted to play a role of some importance in his town, had to visit a rhetorical school, where he learned how to speak and behave in public.
Under Caesar, a significant amount of authority was vested in his lieutenants,  mostly because Caesar was frequently out of Italy. Pompey accused Caesar of insubordination and treason. Like Alexander, Caesar was bold, right from the beginning.
He also crossed the western ocean in an unprecedented attempt to attack the Britons, and ordered his captains to wreck their ships by running them ashore on the British cliffs. Each traced his lineage back to Zeus, the one being a descendant of Aeacus and Heraclesthe other of Anchises and Aphrodite.
In India he ventured on an unsailed sea. He was soon called back into military action in Asia, raising a band of auxiliaries to repel an incursion from the east.
His assassination prevented further and larger schemes, which included the construction of an unprecedented temple to Mars, a huge theatre, and a library on the scale of the Library of Alexandria.
Apparently he relented at this and began to make a circuit, but when he became annoyed with the marshes and swampy ground disregarded this second warning too and made his entrance facing west. With a weak central government, political corruption had spiralled out of control, and the status quo had been maintained by a corrupt aristocracy, which saw no need to change a system that had made its members rich.
In the ensuing chaos, Mark Antony, Octavian later Augustus Caesarand others fought a series of five civil wars, which would end in the formation of the Roman Empire. In February 44 BC, one month before his assassination, he was appointed dictator in perpetuity. Thus, the Julian calendar opened on 1 January 45 BC.
He was stabbed 23 times. Not that Alexander need embroider the cloth of his life, for the plain truth is remarkable enough without the addition of improbable prodigies. Several Senators had conspired to assassinate Caesar.
He advanced inland, and established a few alliances. His boldness was evidenced in his work against the pirates and in his military campaigns.
This was also an example of how he blended charisma with intelligence to build loyalty among his troops. Antony, who had been drifting apart from Caesar, capitalised on the grief of the Roman mob and threatened to unleash them on the Optimatesperhaps with the intent of taking control of Rome himself.
Often, a teacher would ask his pupils to make a speech on a historical theme, so that they could show their skills as a rhetor and their ability to deal with historical sources. Pompey was appointed sole consul as an emergency measure, and married the daughter of a political opponent of Caesar.
In that regard, communication, or more specifically writing, we must give the edge to the Roman, for Alexander, while he wrote many memorable letters to friends unfortunately all since losthe did not master the art of matching the pen to the sword as did Caesar.
On many occasions he was the only man to spring forward from a terrified mass of others and attack the enemy. Perhaps the more ambitious of us ought to cry with him.
He also extended Latin rights throughout the Roman world, and then abolished the tax system and reverted to the earlier version that allowed cities to collect tribute however they wanted, rather than needing Roman intermediaries. Caesar then cried to Cimber, "Why, this is violence!
Finally, he wanted to knit together all of the provinces into a single cohesive unit. Thus the first lobeless victim brought both of them into mortal danger, but the second brought death itself, as follows. Within moments, the entire group, including Brutus, was striking out at the dictator.Appian, Caesar and Alexander Appian of Alexandria (cc): one of the most underestimated of all Greek historians, author of a Roman History.
The part on the Roman Civil Wars survives in its entirety while substantial parts. Julius Caesar helped build this great empire as well as a political role model.
“ Caesar was a politician and general of the late Roman republic, who greatly extended the Roman Empire before seizing power and making himself dictator of Rome, paving the way for the imperial system” (BBC).
¶ Alexander modelled himself on Hercules, Achilles, and Cyrus; Caesar on Alexander.  Of all the comparisons there is something singular about this pairing, for Plutarch records no one else so affected by the life of the man he emulated as was Caesar who wept when reading the life of Alexander.
Prolific author Paul Johnson did just that with Heroes: From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and De Gaulle, and his contrasts, comparisons and commentaries are as fascinating as the heroes themselves/5(33).
Nov 30, · Caesar’s success, like Alexander’s, seems to have come from the proper mixture of boldness, charisma, intelligence, and luck.
Like Alexander, Caesar was bold, right from the beginning. As a young man, he was taken hostage by pirates, who demanded 20 talents for his ransom. Jun 23, · If Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were to fight against one another who would win?
Who was the greater leader of the Roman empire, Julius Caesar or Augustus Caesar? In this regard Gaius Julius beats Alexander the Great all the way. By the time that Alexander the Great was reaching India, his troops mutinied.Download