The Rise of Julius Caesar

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Gaius Julius Caesar, a roman general and statesman who was able to turn the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire, conqueror of Gaul, victor in the civil war of 49-45 BCE, and dictator from 46-44 BCE (Julius Caesar Biography). Gaius is known to the world as Julius Caesar. He had a life filled with many events and accomplished much during his time including doing a series of political and social reforms. In this paper, I will talk about the rise of Gaius Julius Caesar. It will include his family, and a look into his death. Some say that Julius did much throughout his time here, and he got far. He died an infamous death that is taught worldwide to this day.

On July 12 100 BCE, parents Aurelia Cotta and Gaius Julius Caesar gave birth to a man who would eventually become a powerful person through his lifetime. His mother, Aurelia, was a great noble at birth and his father, Gaius, was a praetor who governed the province of Asia. Julius’s father passed away when he was only 16 years old, and he became the head of the family as a result. (Mark)

As head of his family now, Julius declared himself as the ‘new High Priest of Jupiter.’ During this time, he married a woman by the name of Cornelia. Through this time, Cornelia and Julius had a child named Julia Caesaris. During their marriage, a roman ruler Sulla declared himself the dictator and wanted a purge of all enemies he ever encountered especially those in support of the Populare ideology. In support of this, Caesar decided it was time to flee Rome (Mark). Still, Sulla ordered him to divorce Cornelia or lose his property, to escape this ultimatum, he decided to join the Army. Julius proved himself to be a successful soldier during this time (Julius Caesar Biography).

In 78 BCE, Sulla died and Julius took this as an opportunity to return back to Rome. While in Rome, he became not only an orator, but an eloquent speaker also. He decided to move to Rhodes so he could study in the field of philosophy. Later this year, Julius set sail to Greece and ended up being kidnapped along the way by pirates. During this time, Julius promised once he was released that he would find them and then kill them all. Once he was released, he did just that. (Mark)

After returning back to Rome, Julius was elected for military tribune, and his wife died shortly after. Not too long after, he went on to marry the granddaughter of Sulla, Pompeia. During this time, Caesar was able to gain the friendship and support of Gnaeus Pompeius (Pompey the Great) and Marcus Licinius Crassus. Running in an election for Chief Priest, Crassus helped fund Julius’s bid in the election. Which he went on to win in 63 BCE. Later in 62 BCE, Julius was elected praetor and soon after decided to divorce his wife Pompeia.

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