This is the story of the last century of the Roman Republic why and how did the Republic succeed and why did it ultimately fail? Was the destruction of the Republic attributable to one man Julius Caesar or was he perhaps the most visionary of his colleagues in realising that the Rome of the past had changed? Are the actions of men like Brutus and Cassius in assassinating Caesar worthy of admiration, or were they the final gasp of a fallen world?Pamela Marin begins by examining the ideals underpinning the Roman Republic, and relates the legendary story of Cincinnatus. In the year 458 and again in 439 BCE, Cincinnatus was approached to assume the dictatorship in order to lead a military struggle against a rebellious tribe in central Italy. After resolving the threat he stepped down from the dictatorship after fifteen days.