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Julius Caesar sought to establish power over the capital in order to bring about political reform he thought necessary to keep Rome a dominant power throughout the Mediterranean . To do this he needed to centralize the power within Rome itself and to bring the provinces under stronger Roman control . He did this by assuming dictatorial powers in order to affect these reforms throughout Rome and the provinces .

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He was forced to do so because his time as a magistrate had run out and he had lost his immunity from prosecution. His co-consul of 10 years before - Bibulus - had been waiting for this day so that he could prosecute him for impiety, which carried the death penalty. Caesar had asked for an extension of his magistracy and one legion to keep his immunity and have a bodyguard, but this was rejected by the Senate. Exposed, he had no option but to sieze control while he still had the legions from Gaul responsive to him.
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