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Julius Caesar was undoubtedly a man who changed history His life and its story have inspired generations of awe and scrupulous study Many would argue he is the most influential man in recorded history However can the great Caesar truly be declared a event-making man according to the criteria of the Great Man Theory Did he truly influence the course of history through his own extraordinary acts of will and leadership Or was he simply a fortunate man who appeared in the right place at the right time being only the pawn of a greater scheme By following and exploring the political ideals and abilities of Caesar as well as his military ability and prowess this essay hopes to clearly demonstrate that he was indeed a great event-making man possessed of exceptional ambition incredible intelligence remarkable cunning and inordinate bravery In order to properly evaluate Caesar as a Great Man we must first establish the criteria by which he is to be judged the criteria of the Great Man Theory According to Russell Hooks author of an essay on the Great Man Theory a Great Man is an event-making man A person who through conscious will and extraordinary shows of leadership skills and intelligence influences the flow of history An event-making man does not cause events to happen by chance such as through inheritance He purposely alters the flow of history immensely from that which it would have been without his existence1 On the contrary an eventful man is one who also alters the flow of history yet did so through no incredible shows of his own talent He is not unique in any way and any other man would have done the same in his stead2 This is the difference between an event-making man and a merely eventful man So was Julius Caesar a truly great event-making man Did he possess intelligence cunning and ambition beyond that of normal men Did he throughout his
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