Portrayals of Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar has proven to be one of the most powerful, influential and remembered men of all time. He rose to the top of the Roman government and defeated many enemies, in battle and in office. Caesar proved to be a great judge of character, and was able to manipulate men and women alike. He had many, if not all, the tools bound for greatness. There is a variety of events during Caesar’s life that one may be more attracted to than others. His life entailed a wide range of political accounts as well as mighty and in depth battles. Consider the author’s Plutarch and Suetonius and their two separate portrayals of Caesar. Plutarch was highly invested in describing the patterns of war and the heroism put forth in Caesar’s battles. While on the other hand, Suetonius was more drawn to the affects of Caesar’s voice in climbing through office. While Plutarch, as well Suetonius, map out the life of Caesar, the two ultimately write about the same events but their interests in each event become apparent simply due to the details of each writer. They both invest much of their time into research and coincidentally use some of the same resources, but when touched on a certain topic, each easily share their own viewpoint, naturally. They both share many similarities, in terms of the events that took place, but the writing style of each Plutarch and Suetonius were much different. It just goes to prove everyone is indeed different, as both of their works were organized much differently. Both Plutarch and Suetonius begin writing of Caesar at a much later stage in his life. This must be because it is where all of the action starts in Caesar’s life, kind of like skipping the opening credits of a movie. They both mention how the consul Sulla was intending to rid of Caesar cursing him and expressing to other’s the comparison to Caesar and his longtime enemy Marius (Plutarch, 244 and Suetonius, 14). So it seems from an early time, that Caesar was feared among the rich and powerful even before he started his climb to power. The fact that the two start relatively in the same area makes one wonder why. It could also simply mean that Plutarch and Suetonius used a resource that only knew of Caesar at that time, when Caesar first became of any real importance. The two authors, then, start to split and go their separate ways on describing Julius Caesar’s life. The makeup or description of Caesar and his physique was only described by Suetonius. Plutarch probably didn’t purposefully avoid this, it was just the way Suetonius plotted out the way to describe Caesar and his qualities. Suetonius doesn’t describe him as a godly figure who could kill ten men with one swing of his sword, in relation to all of his war victories, but he illustrated him as “tall, fair, and well-built” (Suetonius, 34). This is not out of the ordinary, but influential historical figures typically are described in exaggeration. The only account where Plutarch describes the well-being of Caesar is when he tells of an illness. Suetonius agrees with this account though he said Caesar only encountered epileptic fits, twice, and said he was a healthy man (Suetonius, 34). He then goes on to describe how Caesar liked to be well groomed and calling him a “dandy”, and another detail was that he wore a laurel wreath on all occasions (Suetonius, 34). One other issue Plutarch never touched base on was the reputation Caesar had of being King Nicomedes’ “bedfellow” (Suetonius, 35). Plutarch seemed to be in more praise of Caesar than Suetonius, which could be why he did not mention this account. This doesn’t necessarily imply that Caesar was a homosexual, especially because Suetonius also describes him as a man to have many women. Suetonius ultimately would be a much better resource in terms of describing Caesar and his personal life. Plutarch may have avoided most of this, to a certain extent, maybe due to the fact for his love of war and preferring to
The famous play "Julius Caesar" written by the similarly well-known author, William Shakespeare, was one of his shortest plays ever. Shakespeare has used his distinctive way of describing places and atmospheres to make this true ancient and tragic drama; about disloyalty, control, revenge and the adversity to change ones thinking, more significant than what it might be. The audience might say that this plays' protagonist is Julius Caesar. Others might say its Brutus and even maybe Mark Antony, depending…
acclaimed works. From HAMLET to ROMEO AND JULIET, Shakespeare's classic plays concerning the great inevitable are arguably his best. JULIUS CAESAR is no exception.
The real Julius Caesar was a man of great compassion who desired power, but above all, wanted to see the citizens of Rome prosper. After defeating the armies of Pompey and gaining control of all of Rome, Caesar began to institute changes intended for the betterment of the Roman society, and quickly became beloved by his citizens. Unfortunately…
Yes. Brutus clearly wishes the best for Rome, and kills Caesar out of "civic responsibility," understanding that if no one stops him, he'll become tyrant of Rome and the Republic will be over. He's the only one acting out of that conviction; most other characters in the play don not act honorably and are interested in how Caesar's death will benefit themselves.
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truth.” Composers inevitably manipulate the exhibition of meaning and perspective via an amalgamation of linguistic and textual form to provoke an interpretation of deliberate bias, as typified within William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy Julius Caesar (1599), Oliver Stone’s conspiracy driven film JFK (1991), and the provocative feature article Poisoning the truth by Mariane Pearl (AWW, April 2008, pp 85-88). Thus the nature of conflicting perspectives is a dialectical relationship between collective…
Pathos as a Weapon of Motivation in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
In debates, politicians often use three main means of persuasion that were divided by Aristotle into ethical appeal (ethos), logical appeal (logos), and emotional appeal (pathos). William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar demonstrates the use of these rhetorical appeals, and in particular the power of pathos -- the orator’s emotional connection to his audience -- through the characters Brutus and Mark Antony. Both of these characters…
The Negative Effects of Media on Sports
I. Media and Sports Introduction
A. John Wooden Quote
B. The tendencies of the media
THESIS: The media must take significant strides towards reforming the way they portray sports to change the current system of altering the ideals of athletes and diminishing the prestige of modern sports.
II. History of media in sports
III. Publication of shameful actions
A. Cable Networks…
biased opinion of events and people of the time. These biased opinions are I feel especially true in the case of Cleopatra, as many of our historical records of her are portrayed from the Roman perspective.
In today's mass media society these portrayals and opinions dominate the way we interpret Cleopatra as a woman and a Queen. Cinema and Television has stereotyped Cleopatra to entertain audiences in a romantic and exotic manner and also to portray a threatening almost sinister quality to her…
In his play Henry V, William Shakespeare wrote the character of Captain Gower as a man, an officer in the English army. In his version of the play at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C., director Robert Richmond makes Gower a lusty tavern wench crushing on Captain MacMorris. He also turns the soldier Bates into a nun, but still gives her the line, "Be friends, you English fools, be friends. We have French quarrels enough." Go get 'em, sister.
But, hey, the argument goes, Shakespeare did not write…
Rome, Greece, Islam, Fall of Classical Civs Review
by Kat Kabel and Nicole Levy
Greek and Roman Architecture
most unadorned style
sturdy, dignified, masculine
entasis (fatter in the middle so they look straight)
■ ex: Parthenon
○ slender, graceful, ornate, feminine
○ volute on capital (look like Princess Leia buns)
○ tiered base
○ shaft not tapered
○ 24 flutes on columns
○ most popular in Rome…
[Excerpted from Philip Van Ness Myers, Mediæval and Modern History (Boston: Ginn and Company, 1905), pp. 251-274]
THE BEGINNINGS OF THE RENAISSANCE
The Renaissance defined.-- By the term Renaissance (" New Birth"), used in its narrower sense, is meant that new enthusiasm for classical literature, learning, and art which sprang up in Italy towards the close of the Middle Ages, and which during the course of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries gave a new culture to Europe…