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Throughout history a number of different historians have attempted to discern why it was that Julius Caesar the sole dictator of Rome and champion of the people was callously murdered by his contemporaries in Pompeys theatre on the Ides of March 44BC It was such a dramatic calculated and ruthless murder that it has inspired many celebrated artistic impressions and a famous Shakespearean play Vicky Stevens believed that the primary reasons for Caesars assassination were the petty rivalries and jealousies amongst his colleagues stating that Rome had outdone itself bestowing the most extravagant honours upon just one man and that Caesars supporters over-indulgence of their much-loved hero helped to create the resentment amongst his contemporaries that led to his murder Although this does appear to be an extremely valid reason for Caesars untimely demise Hennessy believed Caesars unequalled ambition worried his conspirers most He had displayed contempt for the institutionalised values and traditions of the Republic This belief is echoed by AJ Koutoukis and Balsdon author of Julius Caesar and Rome who stated that without Caesars stifling autocratic grip on Rome they the Senators believed in the nobility of their simple hearts that the Republicanism could be saved Caesars lack of political integrity as he dismissed his fellow Senators was the catalyst for his death Grant recalls in his biography Julius Caesar that Caesar caused his own death through his lack of insight it is strange that Caesar did not discern that a perpetual dictator ruling by remote control was so frightful that it could not be endured By the time of his death Caesar had held innumerable political offices including the role of dictator for life or imperator curiously dictatorships were only supposed to be held for a maximum of 6 months in a time of anarchy he had famously crossed the Rubicon to assert his power over Rome and had changed the political landscape in Rome forever when he formed a
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