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The period 78 - 28 BC saw the emergence of powerful individuals in what was characterised as a significant turning point in the history of ancient Rome - the fall of the Roman republic However there is one particular individual who should be mentioned for his political career was instrumental in establishing this downfall Although Julius Caesar is most famously known noted for his ability as a general his life in politics reflected his clever and astute qualities characterised by his political friendships - amicitia - to advance his career The sources when describing Caesars career directly associate his climb up the cursus honorum with his use of amicitia But before Caesar was even quaestor he was already establishing himself as a political force to be considered - his manoeuvering early in his career setting a pretext for what was to come One of Caesars first significant moves was in his support of Pompeys extraordinary commands namely the Lex Gabinia and Lex Manilia in 67 and 66 respectively Earlier in 70 Pompey and Crassus had restored the powers of the tribunes and at the same time won power by promising drastic reform of the senatorial juries which had proved to be extremely corrupt So in saying this since the power for the moment was with Pompey Caesar had done the right thing in supporting him and in addition to this would have been aware of the future possibilities of using a tribune to promote his own career Modern historian Christian Meier concurs with this view saying in any case it was important that he should put himself in good standing with Pompey If he ever wished to pit himself against the Senate majority Pompey would be a natural ally Gelzer too agrees that this was an important tactical move for Caesar but takes a slightly different stance saying that Caesar was impudent in supporting the Lex Gabinia and Manilia and also However little
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