Julius Caesar And Alexander The Great Essays

“…He spoke in praise of every man who by his own observation…he knew had distinguished himself in the fighting”2* Alexander also took direct part in battle; he was always in the forefront with his men, which would have been very inspiring as well as morale boosting.This was perhaps not a tyrannical trait, in fact it was not even a kingly trait- generally tyrants and kings would not take part in battle, or if they did then they would only play a very minor role after the initial phase so as not to get hurt.In 60-59 BC Caesar was about to become consul, it is here that marks an important part in his political career and where we first begin to see the traits of a tyrant.

Alexander was very similar to Caesar, both of them tried to build themselves a legend so as their names and actions would be remembered long after their death.

They were also both big believers in the expansion of the empire, although this was probably just an excuse to gain prestige and high military achievement to show what a good leader they were.

It is here that we see just how ambitious and clever Caesar really is.

Caesar had been ambitious pretty much throughout his life, but it was really 60-59BC that was a pivotal point in his political career. Caesar used three other people in positions of influential power at the time in Rome- Crassus, Cicero and Pompey.

Caesar was reluctantly given the powers of the tribune for life (so his status was that of Dictator) and then spent his remaining years ruling as ‘king’, even finding himself a successor to take the ‘throne’ after him (Octavian).

Alexander had no wish to return to or govern Macedonia, despite the fact that he was the legitimate ruler and had both his and his father’s armies, he only cared about gaining glory and attempting to build himself up to the level of a god.

Another trait of tyrants is their charismatic nature.

Alexander was very charismatic and because of this he had very close bonds with his army.

The archaic meaning of the word ‘tyrant’ is to an extent similar to our modern meaning as it holds mainly negative connotations.

The reason for this being that the majority of tyrants become intoxicated by power.


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