Julius Caesar3 Essay

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Julius Caesar3

Many things can be said about great men. You never can tell exactly just

what makes a man great. Looks, personality, a strong mind, these are all

good qualities to look for in a man. Speaking as a woman, I know women

look for all these qualities and then some. Does he have a good job? A fine

house? Good credit? Many of these questions plague the minds of women

today. Whether you are looking for a life partner, a friend, or a lover, these

questions will arise. Sometimes from you, but mainly from those around

you. Needless to say, we are all looking for greatness. In one form or

another. On July 13 100 B.C. a great man was born. Gaius Julius Caesar

walked the face of this earth for 56 years. Some called him a tyrant, a foe,

an adversary. Others named him a loyal friend and confidant. I, on the

other hand, simply call him great. Journey with me through the life of this

great man. We will walk together through his birth and family, his rise to

power, and finally the betrayal that cost him his life. After this, we will

meet back here. We will then reflect on the ups, the downs, the sorrows,

and the pains of which Caesar would have called his life. As we walk down

this road together, you will be awed, challenged and inspired. Come, let's

go. The journey has already begun....

A Star is Born

A light shined ever so brightly on the thirteenth day of July 100 B.C. That

light was the birth of Gaius Julius Caesar. There was no small stir in the

spiritual realm on that day. It seemed as though some mystical force knew

what this young babe would later come to be. For that same mystical force

tried to eliminate him at birth. Because of the various complications at birth,

he was born through an unusual method for that time period. He was born

through the process of what would later become known as a Caesarean

Section. Although this process is commonplace for our day and time, at that

time, his birth was nothing short of a miracle. This miraculous birth in itself

was enough to let us know that this was not an ordinary man and this was

not to be an ordinary life. Whatever mystical powers there are that be, tried

to extinguish this life from the onset. Maybe this same power knew of the

murders, the wars, the savageries, the betrayals that were to come. Maybe

this power knew of the great lust for power and thirst for blood that was in

this babe's future. This evil foreboding, seemed to cast a dim shadow over

the remainder of his life. For this babe would grow into a lad and then into

a man and yet this same mystical power would be continually petitioning

the ultimate power for his life. For whatever reason that was, we cannot tell.

However, looking through a dark glass in time we will least able to


The Julian Family was a noble one to say the least. They were patricians,

part of the Roman upper class. It was once rumored that they were direct

descendants of the goddess Venus. However, modern scholars seem to

believe that the Julian Family began this rumor on their own and it has no

actual basis in fact. Descendants of the gods or not, the Julian family was a

far cry from where they wanted to be politically, as well as financially. In

fact, they were in the second or third rank politically. The highest office the

family had reached was the office of Praetor. This shows they could not

have had a great fortune.

Caesar's father also was called Gaius Julius Caesar. His mother was named

Aurelia, the daughter of consul Lucius Aurelius Cotta. In those days a

Roman noble won distinction for himself and his family by securing election

to a series of public offices, which culminated in the consulship, with the

censorship possibly to follow. This was a difficult task for even the ablest

and most gifted noble unless he was backed by substantial family wealth

and influence. Even with all of these seeming disadvantages, every star has

a day to shine.

Rise To Power

I have often heard people say the power for greatness is in us all. Whether

it's business, sewing, cooking, etc... we all have a gift. Some of us have

multiple gifts. Bottom line is, we all have the power to succeed. The secret

to success is in the not giving up. We all have a season of prosperity that

comes into our lives. What we make of that season is up to us. Through

wisdom we can cause this season of life to be extended or cut short. We

can even have our lives extended or shortened through wise decision

making. Wisdom tells us which friends to keep and which ones to let go.

Wisdom often warns us of our enemies. Wisdom tells us which car to buy.

Wisdom is that still small voice on the inside that keeps us on track.

Solomon boldly declares: "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get

wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." 1 When a star rises, it

shoots up fast and shines more brilliantly than all the rest. Gaius Caesar was

that shooting star. Caesar was by all accounts a military genius. He served

as officer in Crassus's army against Spartacus and climbed steadily up in the

government by serving as official in the provinces. Using wisdom, he (re)

married a wealthy wife and allied with Crassus, then the richest man in

Rome. Their contestant was Pompeius Magnus (the Great). Caesar coveted

and gained the lifetime function of Pontifex maximus, high priest of the

people of Rome.

In 61Bc he received a military post as governor of Spain. He ruthlessly

suppressed all resistance and returned as war hero in Rome. The consulate

was his next goal. The two consuls held the power of state and were

nominated each year. But the senate balked his efforts and tried to play

Crassus, Pompeius and Caesar against each other. Caesar noticed this and

using wisdom did something believed impossible; he created an alliance

between him and the other two to share all power. The senate was effectively

bypassed and the First Triumvirate was born....

This agreement dictated the Roman policy for the next decade. they shared

all offices between them and their followers. That is the way Caesar became

Governor of Gaul Transalpinia. He had three legions (15000 men) under his

command, but when the Helvetii invaded Gaul and Italy he accidentally got

command of an additional army. After he crushed the Helvetii he turned his

attention on the Celts. When this part of the drama had been enacted the real

struggle began...

With Gallia subjugated, Caesar turned his mind fully to the political arena.

In 51Bc, while still fighting some defiant clans, he proposed to the Senate to

extend his governership with another 2 years, which allowed him to run for

consul in the year 48 B.C. (A consul could only become consul again after

10 years). He said that he earned it based on his presentations in Gaul and

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