Have you ever looked at Mark Zuckerberg’s hair? Like you really, really looked at it? If you did, you might get the first whiff of the Facebook The CEO’s long-standing obsession.
Mark Zuckerberg wants to be like Augustus Caesar.
Zuckerberg said The New Yorker in a 2018 profile that he began studying Latin in high school at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. This is where ancient Rome became its Roman Empire — a subject that has never ceased to fascinate him.
“You have all these complex good and bad characters. I think Augustus is one of the most fascinating,” Zuckerberg said. The New Yorker. “Basically, through a very tough approach, he established two hundred years of world peace.”
In case you’re not up on your Roman history, Augustus isn’t the worst of the Caesars – that would be his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius. Even though Augustus could be worse, that didn’t make him the best. He made numerous conquests: Egypt, northern Spain and a large part of central Europe. He killed people. He banished his allegedly promiscuous daughter. His heirs kept die mysteriously.
“What are the trade-offs?” Zuckerberg told the magazine. “On the one hand, world peace is a long-term goal that we are talking about today. Two hundred years seem unattainable. On the other hand, he said: “It hasn’t been free and he had to do certain things. »
He told the magazine that he loved the Latin language because it reminded him of coding or math. He named his second daughter August. He spent his honeymoon in Rome where his wife, Priscilla Chan, told him that there were three people present: him, her and Augustus. “All the photos were different sculptures of Augustus,” he told the magazine.
Clearly, Zuckerberg is imitating the infamous leader. But how close are they? Let’s note it, on the basis of five categories that I have entirely constituted: the stars, their youth, their accession to power, their general atmosphere and their popularity, and their lasting effect on the world. Each category is worth one point.
Caesar was born on September 23, 63 BC, making him a Libra. Mark, Taurus (and Scorpio moon), was born on May 14, 1984. Their signs are not particularly compatible. The only thing they have in common is their common ruler, Venus, who makes them lovers of art, luxury and romance. according to InStyle. Caesar was born in Rome, while Zuckerberg was born in the much less glamorous White Plains, New York, making them worlds apart both astrologically and geographically.
The duo is not up to the stars. No points.
Both Caesar and Zuckerberg learned their trade from a young age. Zuckerberg’s father hired a private tutor to teach him how to code, and in high school he built “ZuckNet,” software that connected all the computers between the family home and his father’s dental office. He also created a music player called Synapse Media Player, much like an earlier version of Spotify.
When Caesar was 15, he had a ceremony that made him a man in the eyes of the law and was elected to the College of Pontiffs, a body of state charged with, among other responsibilities, public and private sacrifices. The following year, he took charge of the Greek games.
I give the duo a full point for this section.
Access to power
Timing-wise, it’s pretty perfect. Both Zuckerberg and Caesar discovered their power while in school, with the former launching Facebook, then called TheFacebook, while at Harvard and the latter taking his place as heir to the throne while studying and undergoing military training in Illyria. They both faced initial retaliation: Zuckerberg from his co-founders and Caesar from Mark Antony. The big difference here is that we all knew Caesar was going to be the big boy in charge – but we thought Zuckerberg was just a nerd who wanted to remake MySpace. Our unfortunate prejudices aside, they fell in line with this one.
You have a point.
General atmosphere and popularity
People respected Augustus. When he died, he was declared a god. He did not have the same swagger and charisma as his great-uncle Julius, but the reform he implemented made him well-liked by the Roman people. He transformed Rome from a republic into an empire, brought peace to the Roman world, and carried out constitutional and financial reforms that gained him considerable popularity.
People don’t like Mark Zuckerberg. Only 23 percent of Gen Z respondents in one study found Zuckerberg trustworthy and, according to a Pew Research Center study, 77 percent of all Americans have “little or no trust in the leaders of social media companies.” People don’t trust him, don’t find him charismatic, his hobbies give us goosebumpsand its creation makes us wonder if it destroys everything we love.
Effect on the world as we know it today
Augustus and Zuckerberg have had lasting effects on the world as we know it. Of course, that’s easier to say about Augustus than Zuckerberg. Caesar ruled for over half a century, established institutions and a pattern that lasted for 200 years, and literally transformed Rome from a republic into an empire, restoring peace and prosperity to the Roman state and changing almost every aspect of Roman life.
Zuckerberg has also changed almost every aspect of modern life. Although it is debatable whether this has been a change for the better, we cannot ignore that we communicate, work, vote, participate in society, love and live in a different world thanks to the media ecosystem social media created by Zuckerberg.
Points all around.
In the end, the two are somewhat similar. They are both leaders who started early and wield terrifying power. And both seem to be or have been at peace with the trade-offs of those decisions. By my calculations, Mark Zuckerberg is 60% Augustus Caesar. But there is still room for improvement.