Getting rid of a tyrant is not the same as getting rid of tyranny

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Julias Caesar's assassination has served as a model for deposing tyrants for revolutionaries and freedom fighters throughout history. However, it also stands as a stark lesson that getting rid of a tyrant is not the same as disposing of tyranny 1.

After Caesar's assassination, Rome came under one man, autocratic rule for the remainder of its existence. The causes and contributing factors of tyranny go deeper than just one person, and often by the time a tyrant is able to take power (as Caesar did), they are more a symptom of a tyrannical system rather than the cause.

  1. Beard, Mary. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, 2016. ↩︎