Weekly Journal Update 5

February 9, 2017–9:40am

In class discussion last week Thursday, we discussed the topics of “who were the leaders?” and “what type of leader were they?” Since the beginning of the semester, we have studied and followed the works of many leaders such as Socrates, Hergas, Leonidas, Lepidus, Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Antony, just to name a few. Now that we know who some of the leaders were, the question now is, what type of leader were they? Lepidus was a military commander and a King at the time of his reign. Many people believed that he was “weak, indecisive, disloyal, and incompetent.” You may think, like myself, why would you want a leader that is weak and disloyal? In my opinion, that is a leader that you can not trust. In Lepidus’ case, Caesar was in favor of him and supported him throughout. Ceaser helped Lepidus get appointed into his leadership position. He would of never been a leader if it was not for Caesar in my opinion.

A great leader that I liked out of the few that we discussed is Leonidas. Leonidas was also a military leader but as well as a political one too. He was the type of leader that was respected. He had the qualities of a true leader. Leonidas lead by example and always wanted what was best for his people. Even though Leonidas lost the Battle of Thermopylae, his death at Thermopylae was viewed as a heroic sacrifice because he sent most of his army back when he had realized the the Persians had outnumbered them. Three hundred of his Spartan men instead decided to stay behind to help him fight and die. That comes to show that he was a well-respected leader and would die alone if he had to in order to protect what was his, which was his army and people.

One last leader that I will briefly talk about that we discussed is Julius Caesar. Caesar was a Roman politician and general. He had a critical role which led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. He was a leader that was well-known and looked up to over his period of reign. Along the way, he had some achievements such as building a bridge across the Rhine and conducting the first invasion of Britain. With this kind of work, he was granted military power.

In conclusion, hard work does pay off. Now when you look at you own lives, what kind of leader are you? I still ask myself that question till this day and have yet to come with a solely answer, but until then, out of three I discussed, I would represent Leonidas.

February 12, 2017–2:00pm — 5:00pm

On Sunday, I was able to accomplish some of the module for the week. The module first started off with the famous mosaic known an the “Alexander Mosaic.” What exactly was this mosaic? It depicted the defeat of Darius III by Alexander the Great at the Battle of Issus in 33 BCE. Makes sense now where the name of the mosaic came from. Who was Alexander the Great? Alexander the great was a Macedonian king and general who ruled Greece shortly after the Peloponnesian War. After time, he began to grow stronger and stronger as far as his leadership and soon also took over Persia, Egypt, and a good portion of Central Asia. From here, the module goes into background history pertaining to the Roman leadership and the sacred monument. The Romans had a rich tradition. What do I mean by that? They adapted Hellenistic styles to their own traditions and political goals. The Romans were influenced by others and incorporated into their own culture. The sacred monument, Ara Pacis, was known as the Alter of Peace. In 9 BCE, this monument was an example of the usage of Roman iconography and it helped to depict a vision of the leadership of an individual and the people as a whole.

Some of the module links at this point of the reading were not opening up on my computer for some reason so I was unable to really finish this part of the module so I continued to the next part. In the next part of the module, we are introduced to Trajan. Trajan was a Roman emperor that ruled from 98 CE until his death. In a similar sense, his leadership styles were similar to Alexander the Great. Yes, Trajan conquered land and the people for his empire, but that is not all that he did. He instituted a building program for Rome which included a forum. What interested my the most was Trajan’s columns and how they were built. Of course they did not have the power tools that we have today back then but with their minds and minimal tools that they had, they were able to build greatness. I believe that people back then were very intelligent and precise in every thing that they do.

February 14, 2017 — Valentine’s Day, 9:40am

Valentine’s Day is day known for love and that is what was shown in class. Our class discussion started off with our professor playing the guitar. Honestly, when I first seen him walk into class with the guitar, I was thinking, what the heck is about to go on ???? lol. But as he began to play, it was very peaceful and interesting especially for class but it went with the discussion of our day. The main topic of discussion was Betsy Devos and how she met with our president, Frederick A Wayne. It was a controversy that startled no only myself but others at the university. It was interesting hearing others opinions on how they felt about the whole situation, but in mine, I agreed with some of my classmates when they said that it was sacrifice that he had to make for his student. If he did not take the offer from Devos, who knows what would happen to my education. I could come to campus one day and they tell me that they closed down COAS meaning that I no longer have a major.

Yes, it was not a good thing, but I believe that he had to do what was best for the University even though it went against his beliefs and honestly I can respect him for that. It takes a strong leader to say, you know what, yes it will butcher my reputation and my name, but what is best for my students? He put us before his own self and that, in my opinion, is what a true leader is. Nobody is perfect and in life, sometimes we have to do things that we do not want to.