Essay on Assassinations: Julius Caesar

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The Assassinations The worst thing about being a well-known popular person is the knowing that there are people that don’t approve of you and some that may even want to kill you. Franz Ferdinand and Julius Caesar were both assassinated for reasons that may have been governmental. Although these two people are probably the least comparable, there are still a few key similar things about their deaths. The assassination of both Julius Caesar and Franz Ferdinand were both due to people’s dislike with government, however, the methods used by their assassinators and the reactions the people had are completely different. Both of these assassinations were brought about by some kind of governmental disliking from the people. Ferdinand was chosen as a target because Serbians feared that after his rise to the throne, he would continue the persecution of Serbians living in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Caesar made public displays of turning down offers of being king; he easily accepted the title “dictator for life” even though many Romans did not approve of kings or dictators. Though Caesar may not have thought so, “According to Osgood, this action may have sealed his fate in the minds of his enemies” (Vernon). This goes to show that when someone rises to power, they should listen to the people, or otherwise end up dead. Though the governmental reasons may be different, an assassinator must always choose the easiest way of killing their target. For Archduke Franz Ferdinand, it was an easy and fairly painless way of dying. His wife and he were both shot while riding in a parade through Sarajevo, Bosnia on March 15, 44 B.C. Julius Caesar on the other hand had possibly a painful death as he was stabbed by Gaius Longinus and Marcus Brutus near the Theatre of Pompey in the Ides of March. Ferdinand may have had the impression that he was going to be assassinated but, “The Archduke had ignored warnings of a possible assassination plot and decided to tour the capital” (Spruhan). The Archduke and Caesar were both assassinated gruesomely, however the reactions were way different. The reasons and the methods of assassination were crucial for both, but the reactions by their followers were crazy. Austrian reaction to the