So many of Caesar's reforms are relatively sympathetic to leftist sentiments that I have a hard time believing this is something you've actually observed (I understand that there are such major difficulties in applying the whole left-right dichotomy to so alien a system as pre-Imperial Rome that the preceding is in some ways nonsensical, but it's possible to draw relative inferences if you're not too pedantic about it).
I don't even know what you mean by "caring about class and status". He was always a populare. If Rome had a left wing, the populares were certainly part of it.
>>523221 >Hell the text sort of defended his playing the lute/lute or whatever it was while Rome burned. Caesar was an artist. What in the fuck. Was this in a textbook?Its also Nero, but even then it's not true.
>>523397 >Didn't he have Caesar brought before him and was so impressed by him that he let him live?
The only thing that impressed him was how dangerous he thought Caesar was. He wanted to kill Caesar and was persuaded not to against his better judgement. He's said to have qualified his mercy by telling his petitioners "In this Caesar I see many a Marius" ie, on your heads be it.
If there was some sense in which he could be said to be foolish, it's that he went overboard in his mercifulness. He was an absolute genius to perceive the game-theoretical advantages of non-lethal conflict resolution (as in, not necessarily killing your enemy simply because you've defeated him) but he could have been more judicious in applying that thinking, I believe.
Ironically, the harshest critics of his tactics in that sense would be the purely hard-nosed realpolitik practitioners. See in particular Augustus, who was more scorched-earth, presumably at least in part as a reaction to how Caesar ended up.
Apart from that and a couple of PR mis-steps wrt triumphs, there's not much you can fault about Caesar's game.
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