Is it possible that Caesar's death was engineered by himself, as suicide?"However, as publicized on the History Channel, recently -- and the reference I provide below centers on this -- some modern...

Is it possible that Caesar's death was engineered by himself, as suicide?

"However, as publicized on the History Channel, recently -- and the reference I provide below centers on this -- some modern historians believe Caesar himself engineered the plot, as a suicide. His health was horrible and he may have (so the theory goes) wanted to die famously, to ensure his own immortatlity, rather than slowly, painfully, and in humiliation. (If so, it worked -- we're still talking about his death today.)"

 

I am wondering if other people also think this can be possible.

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thewritingteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Julius Caesar wanted immortality, but he desired great power first, so it is unlikely he choreographed his own murder. Because his family was not wealthy, he had to validate his own rise to power and ensure that his descendents would be among the wealthy elite of Roman society.

Julius Caesar's rise to power was not done without insulting more than a few of the politically elite, and so his popularity among the common people was a threat to the positions of the career politicians.

Caesar also used his position to avoid prosecution for a number of questionable exploits. His good looks, powerful oratory, extreme energy, and ambition combined to make him a leader who woudl accept a position as dictator for life--which would destroy the Republic. This was one of his goals, and having not yet achieved it, his death was premature---for his ambitions.

It is an interesting thought, but highly unlikely that somehow Caesar manipulated the people around him (who already held him in great distrust) to orchestrate a suicide. A murderous conspiracy makes more sense and fits better with the known histories.

imrul23 | Student

"Et tu brute?then fall Caesar!"

Frankly I don't think Caesar choregraphed his own murder.Caesar loved his popularity and power and it seems a base thing to do.Also,he hardly interacts with the conspirators before his death so its nearly impossible for him to manipulate them