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Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar was such a famous and important leader in ancient Rome that they named a month after him - July, for Julius Caesar.  Julius Caesar was an able administrator and a famous general.  He wrote new laws and changed and improved how to rule provinces of the empire.

The Roman Republic was in trouble.  Rome was overrun with crime and people were afraid to go out into the streets.  People were out of work and taxes had gone up again.  The Romans were angry with their government and were demanding the government do something.  Caesar spoke to the people and told them he knew what to do.  The Roman citizens believed and trusted him.  They wanted him to fix the problems of Rome.

As Caesar gained power through the support of the people, the rest of the senate became worried.  Caesar might make himself King.  And the senate swore that they would never be ruled by a king again.

Caesar was becoming impatient with the Senate.  He had his own army and even though it was against the law to bring it to Rome he did just that.  The people cheered.  They were saved.  Caesar was going to solve all the problems of Rome.  The senate plotted.  They planned and then they acted.  To see what they did follow the links below.

Julius Caesar (BBC)

Julius Caesar (PBS)

Shakespeare's Play - Julius Caesar


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