The Twelve Caesars Themes

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Inifidelity

In modern day politics, fidelity is considered a very important attribute. When members of the congress, senators, or even the president is caught in an adulterous act, or rumors surface about such acts, the people react in a very negative way. In Rome, during the lives of the twelve Caesars, things are quite different. Fidelity is a respectable thing, but it is not common or necessary. All of the Caesars are involved in homosexual, heterosexual, or even both types of extramarital relationships and it does not really seem to bother the people. Julius Caesar is a great womanizer, and has a homosexual relationship with a king, yet he is still very popular with the population and his soldiers. Tiberius has some unusual habits, unusual even for the people in Rome, but he is hated regardless. It simply is not as important for the emperors to be faithful. Even...

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