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Gaius Julius Caesar is perhaps one of the most prominent Romans of the classical period that can be associated with Rome This is because Julius Caesar can be most credited with or blamed for both the downfall of the Roman Republic and the subsequent creation of the Roman Empire Many questions asking the usual whys and hows have arisen from the ashes of the Roman Republic in order to cleanse Caesar of guilt or to further tarnish his memory While those who have posed the various questions about Caesar have provided many clues as to the situations that allowed the Roman to manipulate the system of Romes government they dont ask the one question that would prove Caesar either innocent or guilty of destroying the ancient Republic Did Gaius Julius Caesar purposefully intend to destroy Rome as he and her citizens knew it To get this answer we must put Caesar on trial if you will one that is unfair to be sure for the man can not defend himself but one in which those who judge him are able to look at the evidence objectively in an effort to obtain the truth and prove Caesars guilt or innocence It seems that Julius Caesar chose his political lifestyle of essentially doing as he wished at a young age Caesar broke an engagement with a woman of lower rank to marry Cornelia daughter of that Cinna who had been consul four times With this act of defying Roman morals Caesar incurred the wrath of the dictator Sulla who while later pardoning Caesar for his crime perhaps foresaw the charisma of Caesar when he said there are many Mariuses in the fellow Caesar After the death of Sulla Caesar attempted to fill the power vacuum left after the dictators death but instead headed to Rhodes albeit in an effort for his own safety as he had brought a charge of extortion against an ex-Consul Caesar would later
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