The lure of leadership : lessons from Plutarch on the nature of an exceptional statesman

dc.contributor.advisorPangle, Lorraine Smith
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStauffer, Devin
dc.creatorDavis, Emily Anne
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-8617-492X
dc.date.accessioned2023-01-06T20:11:17Z
dc.date.available2023-01-06T20:11:17Z
dc.date.created2022-05
dc.date.issued2022-05-02
dc.date.submittedMay 2022
dc.date.updated2023-01-06T20:11:19Z
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, I show that Julius Caesar’s character, appeal, and motivations (as seen in Plutarch’s Life) were much more complex than most scholars believe. It is true that Plutarch’s Caesar felt an irresistible ambition for power and that he often drew on his strategic brilliance to serve his own political interests. Yet power for power’s sake was far from enough for him. Plutarch demonstrates, in fact, that Caesar’s drive to become an absolute ruler stemmed not only from his longings for power and glory, but also from his desire to distribute benefits and justice to his subjects and to deserve the honor and gratitude they gave him in return. Caesar’s overweening confidence in his ability to establish new, just orders was hugely attractive to the Roman people, who felt unfairly oppressed by the existing laws. Though Plutarch indicates that Caesar’s self-assessment was unsupported by serious examination of questions regarding justice, he also suggests that Caesar’s (and his people’s) deep concern for justice played a key role in his rise to the throne.
dc.description.departmentGovernment
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/117134
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/44028
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectCaesar
dc.subjectPlutarch
dc.titleThe lure of leadership : lessons from Plutarch on the nature of an exceptional statesman
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentGovernment
thesis.degree.disciplineGovernment
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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