Monday, October 21, 2013

When, If Ever, Is It Okay To Stab Someone 23 Times?

         The Roman History seminar on Saturday with Mr. Dundov was a great refresher to knowledge I was already familiar with. Although most of the information was repetitive it was still a wonderful experience. Mr. Dundov was great! He was very interactive and kept all of us engaged.
          Mr. Dundov talked about many topics during the seminar but the one that caught my attention the most was the history of Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar (100-44 B.C.) spread the Roman Republic across Europe through a series of battles and conquest before declaring himself dictator for life. He is often remembered as one of the greatest military minds in history. By 44 B.C. the Roman Senate felt that Caesar possessed too much of the power in Rome and stabbed him 23 times on the floor of the Roman Senate building. The Senate assassinated Caesar because they felt that he would destroy the Roman Republic. The Senate thought that the death of Caesar would bring about the restoration of the Roman Republic but they were wrong.
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            Caesar is famously known for laying the foundation for the Roman Empire but I argue that the death of the Roman Republic came long before Caesar because Rome has a rich history of powerful and controlling generals. Why did Rome have such powerful generals? Because Rome focused primarily on conquest and military expansion which gave it the traits of being imperial, so it’s ridiculous to say that the Rome was a republic until Augustus became Rome’s first official emperor because by that time Rome had been an empire for 200 years. The idea of so much power in the hands of one man is what destroyed the Roman Republic.
            Saturday’s seminar excited me for the upcoming seminars to come and I can’t wait to immerse myself in more knowledge and information. 

               -DeRael Edwards


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