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Plato Platos ideal society was certainly not Rome Romes leaders were too selfish to be anywhere close to perfect Excessive power control and injustices could be seen with any and all of its leaders Plato felt state leaders should be well-educated philosophers in order to make wise decisions for the benefit of the state Platos next ideal was a strong and fearless military whose prime motivation was to serve and protect The army of Rome was mainly lower-class men trying to climb the social ladder The last of Platos ideals had to do with happiness and a higher power or goodness The spirituality of the Romans was fickle and not too convincing their morale was headed downhill All these factors contributed to the fall of the Empire in turn proving Platos ideals completely wrong The first ideal discussed by Plato is for the leaders of the country to be well-educated philosophers He believes they will make wise decisions that will help to ameliorate the society Plato also says the best leader is the one that doesnt want to be Julius Caesar would not live up to Platos ideals because he was too obsessed with power Although he was given the opportunity to be king during the period of the Republic Caesar declined knowing that he already had more influence over the citizens of Rome than a king would He did not need this formal title to solidify his power He was unwilling to take the title of king which was intensely disliked by the Roman upper classes but he had no intention of giving up his control Spielvogel 140 Julius Caesar may have been respected but a longing for power and control motivated him The next heir was Octavian an unjust leader that Plato would have despised He ended up joining forces with Mark Antony and Marcus Lepidus The injustices they carried out together were appalling They decreed death and confiscation of
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