Brutal Brutus... Or not?

Hey there! So just yesterday during UGC111 class, this particular male caught my interest and well… I decided I wanted to get to know him better. Ooooooooohhh. Hehe, guess who?

Hmm… He was not sitting beside me nor behind me, he was in-front of me. But sad to say, he was actually not very near me as I was sitting somewhere in the middle of the class while he was just right in-front of the class!

Anyone thinking that who you are thinking might be who I am thinking?

Truth is out. He is…

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JULIUS CAESAR!!!!!!!!!!!!! ♥♥♥

HEHEHEHE YES, HIM, HIM! JUST KIDDING ABOUT THE HEART SHAPES THOUGH.

Why him? Well, I guess I was curious. In yesterday’s class, we learnt a bit about Julius Caesar being the dictator of Rome Republic and he seemed to have contributed in building up Rome quite a bit. So I was curious to why then would Brutus, someone (who appeared to be) close to Caesar, decide to assassinate Caesar?

Did Caesar tried to rule Rome with the ill-intention of gaining all the power for himself or did he rule Rome because he was capable and genuinely wanted to build up Rome, or what? Did Brutus kill Caesar because of Rome’s fear of monarchy or because of his fear of Caesar gaining too much power?

Those were just some of the questions in my head.

And so, I thought why not let me read up more on this and share about Julius Caesar. But as I was reading up, I myself became more confused to as of whether Julius Caesar was a noble and righteous person.

However, what I did understand was why Brutus would want to assassinate Caesar, and here it goes!

 

Caesar as a dictator

During the times of Caesar’s youth where he was not yet involved in politics, the republic of Rome was actually an unstable state. It was so disordered and seemed unable to handle its considerable size and influence.

The republic of Rome had not been ruled by any single person but instead, had elected officials called the Senate. This was a political system to keep anyone from having too much power.

Years later, Caesar then became a successful general who conquered many territories outside Rome and turned Rome into a large empire. He became such a powerful figure; after defeating his political rivals, he earned himself a title of a dictator.

Caesar’s leadership had caused unhappiness among some other political leaders such as Pompey, who was actually Caesar’s political partner, but later on grew envious of the amount of authority Caesar had. This caused Pompey and Caesar to go into a war, and… I think I do not have to tell you to guess who won? TEEHEE.

However, resentment and, as I would see it, jealousy, continued to brew amongst the other enemies towards Caesar.

 

Assassination of Julius Caesar  

A conspiracy made up of 60 of his own senators was formed against Caesar and on 15th March in 44BC, they assassinated Caesar. This day is known as the Ides of March.

As you would have known, Brutus, Caesar’s trusted friend, is one of them.

One of the speculations of why Brutus participated in the assassination was that he was actually manipulated by the other conspirators.

Brutus was known to be someone who honours the principles of the Republic. Hence, to pledge his loyalty to it, it would be reasonable to think that he would kill Caesar, if Caesar truly thought of making himself the king of Rome.

Giving Brutus the benefit of doubt, I can understand that it was possible that the conspirators did make use of his weakness to realize their own goal of getting rid of Caesar due to envy and rivalry.

Then, can you imagine how much it may have took Brutus to believe the fact that his close friend wanted to rule Rome for his own good, and that killing his close friend would be the only way?

That… is just tragic. :(

 

However, with all these said, there might be more to what I have read up so far.

But if I were to answer yesterday’s question in class once again- whether Brutus was a traitor or a hero, I would say with the information that I have that Brutus is a hero.

He was a hero for standing up for what was beneficial then to the republic of Rome. He took no sides and did not allow his own emotions to influence his decisions.

Nobody is really perfect, though. Brutus’s weakness was that he was too easily manipulated.

 

This then leads me to reflect, that there would be times we may have thought what we did were right without knowing the entire true context. Indeed, our intentions and actions may have been right, but sometimes, it is not enough to be right. Context comes into play and compromises may have to be made so that we can all pursue what is right.

A lot of times, no one is actually at fault. Miscommunication, or simply the lack of communication, is the fault.

Let’s be genuine, be honest.

Have a great evening ahead :)