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THE CAUSES FOR HIS ASSASSINATION Gaius Julius Caesar One of the most influential political and military leaders in history Gaius Julius Caesar helped establish the vast Roman Empire Caesars triumph in a civil war in the 40s BC made him the absolute ruler of Rome but political jealousies among his opponents led to his assassination I N T R O D U C T I O N Gaius Julius Caesar a patrician and noble became one of the most powerful men in Ancient Roman history Caesar was a populare1 and eventually became the peoples hero His leadership qualities gained him the consulship of 59 BC and eventually perpetual dictatorship Caesars acquired power soon became immense and soon the ruling class began to fear his power This wealth of power brought back images of the ruthless Roman monarchy abolished centuries before in 510 BC Caesar presided over the military politics and religion it allowed him to virtually control Rome And it was eventually Caesars power which led to his demise on the Ides of March in 44BC CAESARS POWER Caesar gained power in three main areas which dominated Roman life He acquired power in politics and the government in religion2 and in the military3 Using his power in these posts his established a form of rule through which he could control many aspects of Roman life On July 25th 46BC Julius Caesar secured the office of Dictator4 for ten years It was here that Caesar found his power to preside over others and where he became passionately hated by the Roman ruling class As dictator Caesar had secured the power of an absolute ruler Earlier that year he had been given Censorial powers as the Director Of Public Morals praefectura morum5 The dictatorship now meant that he had the powers of all the other offices in the Cursus Honorum6 Caesar wanted to make reforms to improve life in Rome However he needed
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