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WAS JULIUS CAESAR A BAD OR GOOD LEADER?

Perhaps one may argue otherwise, having looked into the details of Julius’ reign as Rome’s leader, but with reference to Mark Anthony’s speech, I’d beg to conclude that he was indeed a good leader and the pros of his model far outweighed the cons.


Despite his arguably crude approach; taking for Rome captives, stripping probably innocent and or unsuspecting people from their families and way of life, all the proceeds from the collected ransoms went not to Ceasar’s pouch but rather into the city’s treasury. Rome rose up in ranks and remains to-date one of the most economically successful cities not because of those that stood against him, nor those who stood with him but because of Julius Ceasar.


A man against whom the world often stood. A man who stood by his word despite the world was Julius- Julius Ceasar. A leader is a decision maker; a great one is an implementor. Anthony paints us such a picture- a portrait by words of The Julius Ceasar. A man he knew as a friend. Anthony, a man who was oft found in close council with Ceasar says in his own breath, “He was my friend, faithful and just to me:” How then can we not rightly conclude that this man, Julius Ceasar was not a pleasant character given he treated those around him fondly. 


Accused ceaselessly by the likes of Brutus of his ambition, Julius contrarily never pushed his own agendas but rather those of the Romans according to Mark Anthony. “When that the poor have cried, Ceasar hath wept:”- a man of compassion intertwined with greater judgement of solutions is bound to be a great resource and an even better leader. This was such a man as Julius Ceasar. 


Anthony recalls the not one but three occasions he presented Julius with a crown during the Lupercal; all these times, not once was this gesture accepted. How then can such a man be slandered as ambitious? A man that lacked the need to be so largely exalted. To the best of my knowledge, a leader ceases to be a good one the moment pride and self-preservation become part of the recipe. Ceasar cooked with no such ingredients- till the moment of his death, Julius Ceasar was a leader. The best Leader Rome has ever seen.

Based on the information availed via Mark Anthony’s farewell speech, Julius loved the Roman people- his people so much so that he regarded them his heirs in his last will and testament. All Ceasar planned, all Ceasar did, all Ceasar didn’t as he still breathed, he did for them. What greater quality than this could a leader yield?


Zara Sanyu

Year 13




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