The Analysis of the 1st Triumvirate and 2nd Triumvirate

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Julius Caesar


Caesar-


It could be debated whether or not Caesar was a good ruler. The reasons that he was murdered varied form jealously to protecting Rome, but the sole fact that there were so many people willing to kill him meant that he had to be doing somthing wrong. The motives of every character are not exactly known, but the main reason was that they felt threatened by Caesar because he was a popular leader to them and he could one day become king. To them this meant that their selfish interests could be in jeopardy. The only character to truly have participated in the murder to kill him for a legitimate reason was Brutus, who (even though tricked) claimed to have killed him for the best of Rome. Although Caesar was a dictator he led with a strong hand and a swift force for he was skilled in many fields. Caesar was a politician and a general for the military so he has it all the smarts and the brawn. None the less he is very good at leading and he knows how to run a government like giving the money back to the people to avoid bankruptcy and to lead the army and conquer land. This is where the jealousy comes in. Cassius, for example felt jealous that Caesar was getting the spotlight when he was suspected of suffering from epilepsy, and when he had once even had to save Caesar from drowning. Caesar could have also prevented his own death if he had listened to the many people who tried to warn him of his death. Some, like Brutus, claimed to have committed the murder for the best of Rome, but the fact was that it destroyed a great government and started a civil war. In some ways he was a great leader, but in others he was not. Nonetheless, his death was not needed, and a civil war never had to take place.


Pompey-

Although Pompey is not there he is still a part of the historical triumvirate.
The historical Pompey raised the military when he was 23 when he entered the political business and he got troops together and he was very successful. He married Caesar's daughter Julia and when she died the main link broke and they scattered. Crassus was killed in the midst of battle, Caesar and Pompey were fighting each other, but no one was killed. But, later in Egypt Pompey was killed and his head cut off to be sent to Caesar.

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Crassus-

Crassus is a very rich person and he wanted power because that was as much to him as money. So he made an army of 500 and all of them were skilled craftsman. He was smart because he expanded it and then joined Pompey and Caesar to make the Triumvirate so they controlled the city of Rome basically. Their power and Crassus' money were unstoppable until one day some how they split and they went their separate ways. Crassus died in battle and he was beheaded and he had melted gold in his mouth to represent greed of money.


Octavius-


Octavius was He is a very good person as like his great uncle he was very tactile, he was claimed to be the best civil leader in the world. Octavius is not really mentioned in the book, but he was still a great leader after Caesar's death. The works he did were better than what Caesar did alone, because he was called a "god" by the people. Even though they were a demanding city their great economic strategies helped them cope for many decades.

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Octavius



Marcus Antony-


Marcus was a very manipulative character and he was extremely successful in making the people side with him. He was devoted to Caesar and wanted to avenge his death. In the beginning he was not though to have been a huge threat to the conspirators. They though he was a naive kid, even though he was an experienced military leader. To get his way he convinces the conspirators to be allowed to speak at Caesar's funeral. While doing so he excited the crowd, and manipulated them to think the way he wanted them to. He was very ill humored, which could have caused the way he thought of quartering the babies.
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Marcus Antony

ANTONY
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest--
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men--
Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

Antony is good at persuading the people to turn away from the conspirator's side. He helped the people see that Caesar had good goals for Rome. Anthony later on tells the crowd about Caesar's will, but will not read all of it to them.



Marcus Aemilius Lepidus-


Lepidus was sort of that guy in the group who everyone picked on. the kid who people talk about behind his back. He had all the money, he was sort of lazy, and he didn't really know quite the scope of what was happening between Antony, Octavius, and the conspirators. also he was considered as dishonest, like how they talk about him in act IV of Julius Caesar. in the story he doesn't play a big part, but he plays one none the less, he pays for the functions of the triumvirate, but is only let in for that purpose. he is basically used by the others.

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Marcus Aemilius Lepidus













Bibliography
http://www.touregypt.net/33dyn01.htm information on Octavius
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/caesar_julius.shtml information on Caesar
http://classics.mit.edu/Plutarch/antony.html information on Antony.
http://www.roman-empire.net/republic/crassus.html informationon Crassus
http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/rome/g/pompey.htm information on Pompey