Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln were famous leaders and they were alike in numerous aspects as both were rulers and ruled their respective countries. Both had a lot of power and had services for the betterment of their countries. Both had a history of participation in wars and were assassinated at the end. But both were also different in numerous aspects, making them different from each other; reason being they had different backgrounds. This paper will compare Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln in context of similarities and differences in both leaders actions and their personalities.
Julius Caesar was born on 12 July 100 BCE and was a Roman general and statesman who made the Roman Republic a powerful Empire and added a new chapter in Roman history (Stevenson, 2014, p. 15). He was a famous author of Latin prose and his life along with his achievements have exercised an enormous impact on western history as well as culture. Moreover, he was responsible for establishing a configuration of interactions between East and West that are still followed in western culture. He was a leader during the time when there was no participation of people in decision-making. Thus, he had lots of power and using that power, he was able to manage a huge army. This vast power proved a source of his death and he was assassinated due to the fear of Senate regarding his massive power. Old histories consider him as a tyrant also and they justify assassination in this context as the person who killed Julius Caesar was a liberator.
Abraham Lincoln was Lincoln was born on 12th Feb 1809 and was 16th U.S president who is considered an authority for the end of slavery in the United States (Ingersoll, 2009, p. 5). He managed to bring the country close to equality during his time period. He was an excellent orator who with the help of this ability, made American citizens be aware of the situation. his first inaugural speech and his Gettysburg Address are excellent examples of his ability. He was killed near a theater on 14th Aril, 1865 by an actor. He was involved in military and in 1832, he was procured to fight in the black Hawk war (Anastaplo, 2010). During his first term, as a president, he was an inexperienced politician who had to face a crisis in the south. He managed all hardships through his leadership and courage and his policies had a lasting influence on American society. Inaugurated for his first term as president, in 1860 Abraham Lincoln was a relatively inexperienced politician, faced with the secession crisis of the South and the mounting sectional tensions. As he was a leader of the union, thus, he had a huge authority that he used to eliminate the slavery. Grounded on this, the American Civil War occurred and as a result, there was no slavery in American society. He was assassinated for his backing on black equal rights and for his struggle to end slavery.
Both leaders were assassinated but in their assassination, there are lots of similarities and differences as well. The reason behind their assassination was no doubt the power and authority attached to their ruling. However, both are famous leaders in the history of performing their services for their countries; Rome and the United States although they were born in different time period. Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln early and political lives along with their assignations have many similarities. Roman and the United States were stubborn to admit the modifications that both leaders wanted to enforce at that time and as a result, they lost great leaders. But still Lincoln’s incredible efforts have a lasting influence on the nation today and same is the case with Julius Caesar efforts.
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