Caesar: A Man of Power. History essay proving why Julius Caesar was a great leader and so successful in his political rise in Rome.

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Gaius Julius Caesar was a superior leader who stood above the rest even after his untimely death. He was both an intellectual and courageous. These characteristics gave him an early lead in his political life. He not only changed the lives of Romans of his time, but also left his imprint on the world for centuries to come.

Being an intelligent and very well educated man, it was not difficult for Caesar to gain respect and notoriety. As an orator and politician, military general, writer and statesman he excelled. He studied both Greek and Latin literature as well as philosophy and, most importantly, rhetoric. Even at an early age, Caesar had shown a natural talent for the art of persuasive argument. He started his political career at the early age of twenty-two. (Isenburg, 24) Everyone could see that he was a gifted writer with a clear and simple style. (Unknown, Julius Caesar, Our Next Great Leader, 1) While in Cadiz, he burst into tears admiring a statue of Alexander the Great.

When his friends asked him why, they were greatly surprised. Caesar said, "Do you think I have not just cause to weep, when I consider that Alexander at my age has conquered so many nations, and I have all this time done nothing that is memorable." (Akinde, 6) Undoubtedly this shows he was a deep thinker.

Because he was a brave and courageous man, he never not faltered when pursuing his political goals. When pirates off the coast of Asia Minor captured him, he haughtily demanded that the ransom of 20 talents they were asking be increased to 50. The pirates gladly accepted. Caesar's companions set off to raise the funds and he had no worries about being released. He even threatened to return and crucify every man on...