The infamous Consul, Gaius Julius Caesar, was a tyrannical man, his lust for power becoming extreme through a succession of conquest and military campaigns during a series of civil wars. His power grows as he gains the title of Rome’s wealthiest man and expands his territory over the Roman empire.
In Julius Caesar’s conquest for power, he eliminates his greatest rival, Pompey the Great,,and secures the entire Roman empire. Regardless of Brutus siding with Pompey, Caesar excuses his life- instead, strategically manipulating Brutus into high ranking positions within the Senate for his personal power.
"Et Tu, Brute?"
Brutus descends from Lucius Junius Brutus, who contributed to the revolution of the dictatorial King- ‘Tarquin the proud'. Instead of claiming the throne for himself helped the Roman people into an oath that no king shall ever rule again. The new Roman Republic based its principals and philosophy of the quote ‘No one man shall hold too much power’, inspired from the past terrors of an ensuing series of dictators.
Caesar's power peaks when bestowed the title ‘dictator perpetuo'- allowing him to rule Rome for a potentially endless term. Julius Caesar's pursuit of power and authority threatens the return of a dictatorial monarchy, which Brutus’ ancestors fought against. Brutus is hesitant and conflicted to bring the end of his ally, whose greed consumed him. However, Brutus knows the consequences if Caesar continues his reign.
March 15th, BCE- Brutus alongside fellow conspirators named the Liberators to confront Caesar a few days prior to another of his military campaigns to ‘control’ an ongoing series of war. As a fearless fighter against dictatorship, he unsheathes his dagger alongside his fellow senators and assassinates Caesar, eliminating the inevitable fall of a republic under Caesar’s rule.
The Liberators underestimated Caesar’s popularity, where many fled out of Rome due to the uprise and frenzy fueled from grief and anger. Ironically what the Liberators fought against became the reality- The end of a republic and an extreme concentration of power to an individual. From Caesar’s death, civil wars broke out in pursue to control his power, the ultimate result was the comeback of a dictatorial empire, ruled by the Emperor.