Was the Murder of Julius Caesar Justifiable?
There has always been a question that no matter how long and hard it has been disputed it cannot be answered. The question being referred to is: Is it justified to take one human’s life if the safety of others is in jeopardy. There are always two sides to that question, people who believe that killing anyone is wrong no matter what, and the side that agrees that saving a group of people is better than keeping one person who could pose a threat alive. After finally coming back from war, Rome needed a leader and felt that Julius Caesar was the right person to lead them. Julius Caesar was assassinated on the fifteenth of March forty-four B.C. . He was killed by conspirators who all had places of power in the Roman Government. His conspirators believed that he was a threat to Rome and they were absolutely correct. Julius Caesar’s death was completely justified; Caesar was a dictator and ruined the balanced government which caused civil dispute and led to war among the Romans. He was a threat to Democracy and to society as a whole. In The times of Rome’s Prominent rule, it was a very widely known fact that Being and emperor was a dangerous and in many cases deadly job. If a group of people or even one person thought you were a threat it was acceptable to be assassinated.
Caesar’s Rule was the demise of the Roman empire and everyone knew it. From the very moment he accepted that ceremonial crown he was a threat because not only accept the crown he began to prematurely abuse his power. This proves that everything the Romans had fought so hard to get away from was in their face hiding behind a gallant mask. After Winning a civil war and capturing Rome, Caesar went on a power trip; He declared himself dictator for the next ten years and the following year declared himself dictator until death. He was a tyrant. Dictatorship in Rome was used for a state of emergency and was used of a short period of time. After inciting a civil war and declaring himself all-powerful, it was clear to see that it was not only necessary but inevitable that he would be assassinated. He did not care for the well being of the people of Rome, only power, if conquering a country meant the death of half of the roman population Caesar would have leaped at the chance. Caesar was given too much power; he was granted the title of Pincep Senatus Giving him the power to speak before senate, the right to start a war without consulting senate, and given the right to choose half of the annual magistracies. With all of those powers granted to him combined the idea of democracy was completely out of the window. This also destroys the counter-argument of whether the senate were just power-hungry mongrels because even with that being said, power hungry mongrels who don’t agree on everything and have to share power are all better than one uber powerful beast. Shortly following the gain of those powers, he also took over the treasury; complete exploitation. So, with the power to control the direction of any debate, complete domination of the Empire’s armies and the treasury in his grasp he had everything lined up to do as he pleased. All of this illustrates the dire feeling of responsibility the men in the senate must have felt while this was happening and proves that his death was not for any shallow reason.
While ancient Rome ran its course of power, it was commonplace for an Emperor to be assassinated; some may have said that it was one of the things to look put for when you get the job. Around twenty percent of all Roman emperors were assassinated. It was honestly quite shocking that the conspirators let it go on for that long. Emperors had been killed for just seeming like a threat let alone being one. This information proves that Julius Caesar had committed numerous crimes against the state his assassination was no different than any other execution. And even after those men assassinated him they weren’t even killed they were just exiled ; if the roman people really felt that they had committed a heinous crime they would have been killed. This proves that they honestly did a service to their nation.
So, with Julius Caesar destroying Democracy by being too powerful and Assassination being accepted in Roman society, Caesar’s death was well justified. With the evidence provided it is clear that in order to try and save Rome the only thing the men in senate could do was to eliminate him. Even after Caesar’s death he left a dreadful mark on Rome. Only a true monster could change the whole course of a thriving country at his hand.