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Essay Two - Caesar Julius Caesar is perhaps the most well known of ancient historical figures In his life he gained recognition as a general a politician and a reformer Both ancient and modern historians have written widely on Caesars achievements Whilst there remains a constant in these works that attests to Caesars ability as a general it is his career as a politician that has been vigorously debated Although Plutarch believed that Caesar was admirably fitted by nature to make a great statesman and orator others deem him to be a monster of crime with hardly a redeeming quality deliberately sacrificing the liberties of his country to an inordinate ambition The numerous reforms instituted by Caesar while he held positions such as dictator and consul helped establish the belief that As a reformer Caesar even among those whose acts have changed the world stands out as one of the great men of all time It is a widespread belief held by both modern and ancient historians that Caesar was the greatest general Rome produced The ancient writer Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus in his work The Twelve Caesars in which he allocates 18 chapters to Caesars military career describes him as a most skilful swordsman and horseman Suetonius praises Caesars leadership from the front stating He always led his army more often on foot than in the saddle went bareheaded in sun and rain alike Suetonius does also acknowledge both Caesars vigilance and audaciousness writing that it was disputable which feature was more extraordinary when Caesar rode to war his caution or his daring Indeed Suetonius attributes Caesars success to his careful reconnaissances However Suetonius seems critical that Religious scruples never deterred him for a moment citing a situation where before a battle the sacrifice escaped yet Caesar paid no heed and set off at once to battle Suetonius appears to have been in
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