I can't understand how you would jump over Caesar and strait to his heir. I don't discount Augustus' role in the end of the Republic, but it certainly was his uncle who first crossed the Rubicon and seized power from the Senate. Augustus brilliantly consolidated that power. The Empire flourished, and I'll admit that many of the people did quite well for the most part. However, the perpetual war and ever increasing public spending was a serious burden on her people. In the City, they didn't feel it but many of the provinces did.
Lincoln and Caesar's motives were quite similar. The orthodoxy had become unsustainable and it took a man of will to set things right to save the great nation.
Caesar was a conqueror of his own people, and there's the greatest similarity to Lincoln. The rise of imperial power that they set in motion is the second. I know the analogies aren't perfect but I read in this thread that Lincoln was unique in history and I don't think that's accurate. Caesar is a great example of a Lincoln like figure. They even both died by assassination. (although that's trivial.)
m Hawley your comparison's of the two men is ridiculous. LIncoln was not a great general. He did not conquer his own people. Ceasar was one of the great generals of all time and took power as an autocrat and had no patience for his enemies. To say a man who in the end fought for the freedom of slaves and kept a country together as opposed to Julius ceasar who enslaved people and helped start a great civil war which split the roman world is ridiculous.
Lincoln showed great compassion for his fellow man and lost his life to bring the country together. He did not do it to become emperor as JUlius Ceasar did.
Lincoln was far from compassionate. He'd force people to the army, jailed thousands of political prisoners, worked to ship blacks to their own colony before his death and sent Sherman on his bloody and violent march to the sea.... good Lord. He was a brutal oppressor in many ways.
The differences can be accounted for by the fact that they are different people. Their similarities have not been discounted by their differences.
Mr. Robisch, As you can see the Anti-Lincoln crowd will go to any lengths to diminish the man. Even attempt to rewrite history or create fictional versions of it for their own ends. Which I really begin to question.
No the Fiction has been presented as history for the past 140 years. The State Court Historians have obfuscated the truth to keep the People ignorant and compliant. Read the Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked.
The Ron Paul followers are like a cult. Most of us don't even vote online after debates but all of them do so he always has high polling numbers. I don't even know one person that supports this guy but I don't hang out with extremists either.