What could be the motivation for the Assasination of Julius Caesar, a subtle question in the Mind of many political historians?
Julius Ceaser’s assassination will continue to remain of great interest to political historians, Julius Ceaser was not just any other Roman emperor, he was the Emperor assassinated on the Senate floor by the Roman senators.
In the view of many historians, Ceaser was betrayed by his own countrymen, maybe as Ceaser Lay Dying on the Senate floor, his few last thought could be so finally this is what betrayal smells like. Julius Caesar must have felt betrayed at best as many historian accounts maintained that Ceaser’s last word was “Et tu, Brute” which roughly translate to “You Too Brutus”, the whole plot had betrayal in them but the villains may not always be the betrayal.
The Roman historian Suetonius, over a century after the incident, maintained that Caesar said nothing as he died, but then other historians also reported that Caesar’s last words were the Greek phrase καὶ σύ, τέκνον, which means ‘You too, child?’ or ‘You too, young man?’ while refering to Brutus.
This whole Historian account points at one thing, someone was betrayed but very likely Julius Caesar was the actual traitor. From the very start, Julius Caesar had been a selfless leader which ought to be celebrated, of course, he was celebrated especially among the Roman public but we can’t say same of Roman government officials.
Ceaser ought to know that being the emperor, he sure is first among equals, the figurehead but he shouldn’t feel obsessively more import than members of the Senate or amass public sympathy and love to the detriment of the Senate. Ceaser knew these things but went ahead in his pleasing the Roman public thereby taking the side of the people, although it came with public popularity, it also came with official scorn.
Ceaser sure betrayed the Senate by knowing the best thing to do in the interest of the Senate and doing the very opposite, Ceaser can’t be romancing with the public and still be protecting the interest of the Senate. Ceaser was the betrayal but for once, he was the better betrayal because he placed the interest of the greater public above the interest of the officials.
At other times, Emperors, Monarchs, Presidents and many more high profile personalities have had their lives cut short by politically motivated assassination but non had been more ironical than Julius Ceaser’s assassination, becuase once upon a time in the mighty empire of Rome the emperor of Rome which happened to be the biggest empire as at then was murdered by his own people, his own senate.