Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln
The Lives of Julius Caesar and President Abraham Lincolon The lives of Julius Caesar and President Abraham Lincoln. Have many unique difference and similarities. The similarities between Julius Caesar and President Abraham Lincoln are compared by their life history. The individuals were once leaders in the past. Now people look up to them as hero’s in today’s society. The two men shared a hugh amount of power in their countries. Julius Caesar and President Abraham Lincoln were both murdered.
The life of Julius Cesar and his assassination was very different than Abraham Lincoln’s but a little similar. The two men both came from two different time periods, and backgrounds. According to julius-caesar2. tripod. com “Julius Caesar was born in 100 BC in Rome to Aurelia and Gaius Julius Caesar”. At the time of Julius Caesar birth, Rome was still a republic and the empire was only beginning. Julius Caesar was a leader in republic where the people are not involved with the governmental decisions. Therefore, Julius Ceasar had most for the power in his country and was able to form a large army.
“With the help of the army at his command, it was possible to conquer new territories and so gain a triumph and the pleasure of knowing that your name would be remembered forever in history, paid for by the war” (Summary of Julius Caesar’s Life and Death). As time went on Caser began to develop more power over the years. Julius made his way to praetor ship by 62 BC and many of the senate felt he was a dangerous, ambitious man. (Julius Caser Biography) Just like Abraham Lincoln, Cesar began to have more enemies once he started getting more power.
With the amount of power Cesar had. He started to become a threat to the senators who did like him and the changes he was making in the country. Julius Caesars pushed through a special law giving him a five-year command in Cispine, Gaul, and Illyricum. The provinces in the empire covering North Italy and the Adriatic coast of Yugoslavia (Summary of Julius Caesar’s Life and Death). Unlike Abraham Lincoln, Julius Cesar wanted to control the most land, and power as possible. Although Julius Cesar wanted all control; Julius thought it was the best way for Rome to have peace.
A quote from Julius Cesar says, “It is more important for Rome than for myself that I should survive. I have long been sated with power and glory; but should anything happen to me, Rome will enjoy no peace. A new civil war will break out under far worse conditions then the last”(Julius Caesar Biography). By fighting for peace Julius Cesar was going to start conflict with the senators, but he didn’t stop. Much like Abraham Lincoln, Julius Cesar started a war to fight for change. Cesar started his war for more power and control.
He had all the fame he could hope for and the triumph to back it up. But to get the position he felt his achievements deserved, he had to take his troops across the River of Rubicon and in doing so declare civil war on the state and Pompey. (Julius Caesar Biography) According to julius-caesar2. com “Julius Caesar left Alexandria, having established Cleopatra as a client ruler in alliance with Rome. Either immediately before or soon after he left Egypt, Cleopatra gave birth to a son, whom she named Caesarion, claiming that he was the son of Julius”.
The battle for Rome continued for five years of bloody fighting and he was assassinated by a group of senators, who stabbed him with a dagger in the back, on the Ides of March 44 BC below a statue of Pompey, possibly in support of Pompey (Julius Caesar Biography). Much like Abraham Lincoln, Julius Caesar was assassinated and had a child. Abraham Lincoln life and assassination was a lot different than Julius Cesar, but a little comparable. According to About. com, Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. Just like Julius Cesar, Lincoln lost a parent at a young age.
Abraham Lincoln was involved in the military much like Caesar. In 1832, Lincoln enlisted to fight in the Black Hawk War (Martin). According to About. com in 1832, Lincoln enlisted to fight in the Black Hawk War. He was quickly elected to be the captain of a company of volunteers. Lincoln’s life fell into politics after being elected as a Whig to the Illinois legislature in 1832(Martin). Unlike Julius Caesar, Lincoln had to debate against his opponent, Stephen Douglas, seven times in what became known as the Lincoln-Douglas Debates (Martin).
While they agreed on many issues, they disagreed over the morality of slavery. Abraham Lincoln was not a huge fan of slavery. Much like Julius Cesar, Abraham Lincoln was a leader that everyone looked up to. In September 1862, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This allowed Abraham Lincoln to destroy slavery in the southern states. Both Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln wanted to make changes in their county. Like Julius Caesar, Abraham made enemies from the southern states that didn’t want the change. The civil war can also be compared to the Julius Caesar War.
According to About. com both the Civil War and the Julius Caesar war lasted five years and won by the two men. On April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated while attending a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D. C. Actor John Wilkes Booth shot him in the back of the head before repliling down a curtin, and then jumping onto the stage and escaping to Maryland. Lincoln died on April 15th (Kelly). Unlike Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated with a shot to the head by one person. According to About. com Julius Caesar was killed in a theatre called the Theatre of Pompey.
Julius Caesar may have died instantly while receiving 33 stab wounds by the senators. Abraham Lincoln is considered by many people to have been the best President. In summary, Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln were two of the most exceptional leaders remembered throughout history. These two men had many things in common, but had a lot of differences as well. This is what sets Lincoln apart from Caesar. Lincoln wanted things for the good of people, and fairness. Caesar wanted the good of him, and the control of power. And to have the highest power of the land.