Is Julius Caesar responsible for his own death in Julius Caesar?

One could argue that Julius Caesar is indeed responsible for his own death in Julius Caesar. He's turned himself into a dictator, thus trampling all over Rome's ancient republican traditions. He's also done nothing to dispel the concerns of the political elite that he wants to make himself king. The Romans were fiercely proud of their Republic and hated kings. So Caesar's kingly pretensions could be said to have signed his death warrant.

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Although the ordinary people of Rome, the plebs, worship and idolize Caesar, the political elite are not quite so enthusiastic. In fact, truth be told, they hate him with a passion. Why? Because they think he's getting too big for his boots. Caesar has already made himself dictator, and his political enemies are certain it's just a matter of time before he crowns himself king.

Ever since driving out the Etruscan king Tarquin the Proud, the Romans have been proud republicans. As such, they are deeply suspicious of anyone who looks like they might harbor kingly pretensions. And although Caesar ostentatiously turned down a mock crown in a grotesque public ceremony, his enemies aren't fooled. They think that was just a piece of street theater.

As Caesar accrues more and more power, showing greater contempt for the traditional political elite, the more it seems that he's hell-bent on making himself king of Rome and turning everyone into his slaves.

That being so, one could say that Caesar is in some ways responsible for his eventual assassination. Had he played the deadly game of Roman politics a little more effectively, then in all likelihood he would've lived to fight another day. But like many men throughout history, his head has been turned by power so much so that he starts to think of himself as untouchable, not so much a king as a god.

Instead of treating the Roman elite with becoming respect—whatever he may have thought about them privately—Caesar effectively ignored them, basing his political power on the plebs. This added fuel to the elite's suspicions that he was prepared to make himself king, and these suspicions had fatal consequences for Caesar.

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