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The Roman Police have made some preliminary inquiries and have discovered several groups of people with clear motives to kill Julius Caesar.

You should consider each of these motives and the supporting evidence clearly before moving on to make some decisions about how to proceed in this investigation. Remember that not everything you hear will be entirely reliable...

Copy and paste the following sources into Word.

Highlight anything that suggests that someone disliked Caesar in Red.

Highlight anything that PROVES that someone disliked Caesar in Blue.

If you find any statements that contradict one another - underline them BOTH.

The Evidence

Group 1 - The Generals

Source 1

"Caesar was a great leader, his authority over the troops was never challenged by the men. Rome gained power and prestige as a result of his fabulous leadership. Why would any soldier wish to have him dead? His loss is great, he will be sorely missed by all of Rome."

Source 2

"He treated his men with contempt, leading them into battles that were bound to end in misery for many of our troops. The glory of Rome? He doesn't know the meaning of a glorious victory! His men fight through fear of him, they'll be glad that he's gone: the armed forces of the roman empire have never responded to threats for long. I'd not be surprised if one of his own men had stabbed him in the back."

Source 3

"Julius Caesar was respected by the other generals. He was brave and courageous. Caesar led the army on expeditions that no other general would even dare to consider; and look at what we have gained from this! The new world over the ocean, bear skins, slaves and Tin are now plentiful in Rome thanks to his journey's into Briton and beyond. He feared nothing and has gained the world for Rome. What evil has taken him from us?"

Source 4

"His excellency showed that he was the greatest warrior of all time. He was undefeated in battle and an excellent diplomat. Our enemies shiver at the sound of his name. Most capitulated within minutes. The other generals are in awe of Julius, he was their leader, their idol and the one that they aspired to please."

Group 2 - Other Politicians

Source 5

"Some senators hated Caesar. They wanted to prevent him becoming a King."

Source 6

"Caesar had powerful enemies within the Senate. They had plotted against him several times before and were scared of him because he was so successful and popular. These senators would happily kill him to improve their chances of success."

Source 7

"Julius Caesar had nothing to fear from the Seante. He won them wars and the people loved the Senate because of that."


Once you have highlighted these sources and double checked them continue to this short activity.



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