Julius Caesar ruled the Roman Republic for a brief period but he obtained the position by military force and therefore paved the way for his nephew, Augustus, to become the first Roman Emperor. Though he conquered France and Britain, Julius Caesar is admired as 'the greatest civil intelligence which had yet been seen in Europe'. In his play Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare wrote:
Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,
His private arbours and new-planted orchards,
On this side Tiber; he hath left them you.
And to your heirs for ever, - common pleasures,
To walk abroad, and recreate yourselves.
Here was a Caesar! when comes such another?