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Yahya Sattar 2015-10-0199 Adiah Afraz Writing & Communication (SS-100) October 20, 2011.

Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar

History has seen number of personalities who rose to the zenith of success because of their qualities which are not found in common man. Among these one who got fame in political and battle field were remembered by people forever .on this ground only a few are comparable to the Alexander 111 of Macedon and Gaius Julius Caesar of Rome. These two men were having lot of leadership qualities. Among these ambition, strategy making, speed of action and political understanding can be declared as key factors which made these two personalities immortal. Although both Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were equally ambitious for power, master of strategies and quick in action yet in political ground Julius Caesar had a lead.

and died leaving no legitimate heir for the throne. defeating the smaller Persian armies stationed there. he routed an immense Persian army at Issus. Michael. This shows that he thought he was not going to die until he conquered the whole world. Alexander wanted to be the conqueror of the whole world. Hart. Both Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were great strategists and implied these strategies at difficult times. Julius Caesar would not have got any importance in history if he has not used his strategies. moving into Northern Syria. As mentioned by Michael H.” He proved his strategic power during his Asia conquest. As mentioned by Michael H. Alexander remained unbeatable throughout his life and became the greatest conqueror of world undefeated. Due to his great strategies. 18). This fact is evident from the military life of both generals. . But still his ambition was not fulfilled as he did not declare his heir. Similarly . in order to fulfill his ambition for power. In the same way. Caesar employed every mean to get more and more power. A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History” that from the starting of his political career to his assassination. Therefore to say that both Alexander and Julius Caesar were extremely ambitious for power seems quite justified. Then. Hart. 176-77)” and so on. Alexander then moved further south………. Lonsdale. two of the most influential Romans at that time.(H.Yahya 2 Both Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were equally ambitious for power. “Individuals such as Alexander are so conspicuous in strategic history because they excel in the art of strategy (J. His formation of First Triumvirate with Pompey and Crassus. “Alexander first led his troops through Asia Minor. If someone . serves as an example of his ambition for power. Hart in his book “The 100. David. Julius Caesar also showed his ambition for power.

The incident was that. Alexander was put to test almost immediately when the Tracian tribe of the Maidoi . “In an extraordinary gesture of trust. and change the whole face of the then known world? With only a year’s military experience in Spain (61 BC).C) . Alexander marched immediately with the reserve and in a lightning campaign crushed the rebels. .” It was just the strategic power of Caesar that he made impossible to be the possible. Both Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were extremely quick in action.Yahya 3 thinks about the unusual incidents which occurred when Caesar was uprising the following questions came into mind. drove them from their city.22)” Similarly Julius Caesar was also known for his quick decision and speed of action. Peter. would out-do Pompey. on the boarder of Paeonia and Thrace . Philip appointed the sixteen-year old Alexander as regent and put the royal seal into his care as Philip left to a campaign against Byzantium.(Fullers. Alexander proved himself quick in action even at the age of sixteen. Pompey and Crassus). and already past forty years of age. So no doubt. and refounded it as a Macedonian settlement…….(Tsouras. According to Michael Grant. Major General J. “Could anyone have predicted that the youngest member of the triumvirate (A political agreement among Caesar.. both Alexander and Caesar can be truly regarded as the Master of Strategies.F. revolted and threatened Philip’s communications. It was a stunning performance for a sixteen-year old and bore the hallmark of his future generalship_ quickness of decision and speed of action. the renown military commander.

When his first wife Cornelia Cillinna died then. .Yahya 4 “The point was that he (Julius Caesar) could do everything with extraordinary speed……. UNRV History)” In this way he used his political insight to get a long term benefit from this Triumvirate. while Pompey and Crassus had thought only of the short term benefits.He approached Pompey and Crassus. Caesar had carefully considered this alliance. unpredictable action which his friends found such an irresistibly attractive feature of his talents. Together they held influence over the entire state. and this gave him an enormous advantage. political endeavor was his formation and manipulation of the First Triumvirate. offering the widest scope to that capacity for the unexpected. so he was more effective in politics. Julius Caesar was more deeply indulged in politics than Alexander. To reach consular position and farther his political career . and how he could manipulate it.” History is evident that all those generals who were capable of making quick decisions always won in the battles. “Julius Caesar showed he was able to achieve political success from a young age. for his long term personal gain……………(Roman Empire . Caesar lived at a faster tempo than the people who had to contend with him. “His most influential. if not clever. Caesar needed to make powerful and carefully planned alliances . If seen from political point of view. two of the most powerful men in Rome .

However. His father was a conqueror of most of the Greece. Yet the authenticity of these qualities lies in the fact that. no matters more or less.Yahya 5 “Despite any personal grief over the loss of his wife. This time. Caesar employed his political insight to gain power . Hart: “Philip had carefully prepared his son to succeed him. And these qualities made both of them unforgettable. Without ambition there is no use of war strategies. it is said by Michael H. and daughter of Quintus Pompey. however. of who all accounts suggest he loved dearly. Aristotle. he chose an odd alliance. Alexander was more intellectual than Caesar.” In short. Moreover. he was the heir of King Philip 11 of Macedon. For example Julius Caesar had more political insight than Alexander and similarly. Firstly. Alexander deserved the throne as he was tutored by the famous scientist and philosopher. Although the two leaders possess a lot of qualities which were common between them yet in some of the qualities one got a lead. The granddaughter of Sulla (Roman general and statesman). In the similar manner. . So Alexander did not need to implement any political strategy to access the power. Pompeia was to be his next wife (Roman Empire. a person who is not ambitious for power definitely would not be quick in his action. Caesar was set to remarry in 67 BC for political gain. both of them possess these qualities.” So it can be predicted that a lot of trials in the way towards power bestowed Julius with more political insight than Alexander. Secondly. Alexander was not politically as clever as Julius for these reasons. UNRV History). All of the qualities possessed by Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar was equally important in making them unforgettable parts of human history.

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