Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator, April 9, 2024, PBS, “Veni Vidi Vici”

Julius Caesar The Making of a Dictator

In this episode of Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator, viewers witness the impact of events beyond Caesar’s control, threatening to unravel his carefully laid plans and leaving him isolated. Pushed into a corner, Caesar makes a pivotal decision that will forever alter the course of the Republic.

The episode, titled “Veni Vidi Vici“, airing on PBS on Tuesday April 9, explores the challenges faced by Caesar as he navigates political alliances and territorial conquests. Caesar has formed an uneasy alliance with Pompey and Crassus, the two other most powerful men in the Republic. Together, they dominate the political system, and Caesar appears untouchable. However, events take an unexpected turn as he leaves Rome to take on the governorship of Gaul (modern-day France), with the aim of conquering its people and gaining even greater power and prestige.

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As the episode unfolds, Caesar finds himself in a precarious situation. Events beyond his control threaten to disrupt his plans and leave him vulnerable. This sense of isolation forces Caesar to make a momentous decision that will not only change the course of the Republic but also have a significant impact on Western history.

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The series delves into the life and rise of Julius Caesar, from his military campaigns and political alliances to his eventual declaration of himself as a dictator for life. It provides insights into the events that shaped the Roman Republic and the broader implications for Western civilisation.

Julius Caesar: The Making of a Dictator airs on PBS at 9.00 pm on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

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