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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 Caesar was neither good nor bad rather he was a force of change His folly was ambition for when he took power the way to advance changed so drastically that the other Romans ambitions were thwarted which lead to political jealousies among his opponents and his assassination Caesars rise to power obliterated the traditional way of attaining high office in Rome When Caesar became the Republic he inadvertently created new needs a need to be among Caesars circle of friends a need to feel important in the eyes of the Dictator a need to be rewarded by Caesar in accordance with ones expectations The need to gain Caesars approval was felt in varying degrees by different individuals according to their goals and most importantly their own perceptions of success in meeting these goals Thus even a recipient of an important magistracy might have been disappointed if he had been hoping for a higher office a different or earlier appointment or inclusion in an inner circle When Caesar made himself responsible for all important decisions he fostered a dangerous atmosphere in which those whom he disappointed frustrated because of an inability to better their position by constitutional means could easily focus their anger directly upon Caesar it was Caesars friends nurturing the highest expectations who felt this relative deprivation most keenlyAlthough times were uncertain and lives were at stake men placed much emphasis on their own advancement at the nod of Caesar To achieve their goals individuals fell over themselves in a gushing forth of self-seeking flattery recorded by ancient writers as occurring primarily after the death of Pompey during Caesars visit to Rome after Thapsus and most especially during Caesars final stay in Rome when there were no limits to his power Caesars response to these exaggerated overtures was
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