Caesar took over the family when he was 16 years old. Recognizing that the priesthood would provide the greatest benefit for his family, Caesar was nominated to become the new High Priest to Jupiter. Sulla the Roman ruler declared his independence and made a concerted effort to purge all of his enemies. Caesar was taken and fled Rome. But his sentence was reduced by the intervention of his mother.
Yet, he was relegated to the priesthood and his wife’s inheritance was taken. Caesar joined army to help his family and provided for his needs. Caesar was an excellent soldier. Caesar was captured by pirates on his way to Greece in 75 CE and taken into captivity. Caesar was treated with kindness and friendship by the pirates, even though he was taken prisoner. They claim that he threatened them with a hunt and execution if he was released. The pirates thought this was a joke. Caesar fulfilled his threat upon Caesar’s release. In a show to show leniency, Caesar had the throats of pirates cut prior to his crucifixion. Caesar’s determination to accomplish what he had promised became his most defining trait throughout his entire life. Julius Caesar, a nobleman’s daughter, married Cornelia in 84 BC. In 76 B.C. they had a child, Julia Caesaris. Cornelia died in 69 BC. Caesar married Pompeia, a granddaughter of Sulla the Roman dictator. The couple’s marriage was short-lived. They divorced in 62 BC. Caesar married Calpurnia, an 18-year-old girl, in 59 BC. Caesarion was also the result of his many affairs with Cleopatra VII.
Caesar returned back to Rome after Sulla was killed. After his army service, Caesar was a military great. He rose quickly in the ranks of the Roman government. He became a friend of powerful men like Pompey the Great or Crassus, the wealthy. Caesar was a gifted speaker and Rome loved his speeches. Julius Caesar became consul when he turned 40. Consul was the highest rank position in Rome’s Republic. Although the consul was similar to a president, there were only two consuls. They also served for a single year. Caesar became governor over the provinces of Gaul in the last year of his consulship.
Rome felt Caesar was overpowering. They feared that Caesar’s rule might end the Roman Republic. They plotted his death. Cassius, Brutus, and Brutus led the plot. Caesar entered Senate on March 15, 44 BC. He was attacked by several men, who then killed him. He was stabbed 23 more times. Caesar was the governor and general of Gaul. Caesar was an effective general and governor. He conquered Gaul. His army showed him respect and honour and he soon became the greatest general in Rome. Conclusion I enjoyed learning about Julius’ life and experiences. I find Ancient Rome fascinating. I can conclude that he was an ancient Roman emperor and initiated the age of the emperor. He is second in importance, Octavian being first. It was a pleasure to research and write about Julius Caesar.