A Career In Julius Caesar's Early Life

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Since the beginning of Rome, they have had a history of significant leaders such as Julius Caesar, who had a minor early career in politics, and prominent late career that was also in politics, and a death and legacy that will be remembered forever. The history of Rome starts with a story from Roman mythology. Despite being forced to vow chastity, Rhea Silvia gave birth to twin sons, Romulus and Remus, which would impact the world forever. (“Romulus and Remus” 1) As a result of Rhea’s broken vow, her uncle Amulius commanded for the twin babies to be drowned in the Tiber River (“Romulus and Remus” 1). Rhea placed Romulus and Remus in a basket on the river to try to protect them (Trueman 1). Romulus and Remus were found at the edge of the Tiber …show more content…
In 63 B.C.E., Julius Caesar was elected Pontifex Maximus (Africa 183). He was also elected praetor and moved to Farther Spain (Dyson 311). In 62 B.C.E., Caesar divorced Pompeia and married Calpurnia (Nardo 32). When Caesar returned from Spain in 60 B.C.E. (Dyson 312), he joined forces with Crassus and Pompey ( Nardo 31) to create the First Triumvirate (Dyson 312). While Caesar provided the skill and brains of an experienced political infighter, Pompey contributed wealth and military strength, and Crassus supplies political connections as well as wealth (Dyson 312). Julius Caesar was chosen as consul in 59 B.C.E. (“Caesar, Julius” 14) The Popular Assembly awarded Caesar with the control of Cisalpine Gaul and Illyricum (Nardo 33), and later, he received Narbonese Gaul after the controlling aristocrat died ( Nardo 35). When Pompey married Caesar’s daughter, Julia, in 58 B.C.E., the alliance grew stronger (Dyson 312). In 58 B.C.E., Caesar left Rome to govern Gaul (“Caesar, Julius” 14), the country that consisted of what is now Belgium, most of France, part of Germany, and part of the Netherlands (Strauss 5). In April 56 B.C.E., the Triumvirate was falling apart, so they met in Luca in attempt to repair it (Nardo 45). While at the meeting, Pompey was given a five-year consulship over two provinces in Spain, Crassus was allowed to lead an expedition against Parthia, and Caesar received …show more content…
Caesar’s enemies feared that he would make himself king, so they formed a plan to kill him (Nardo 92). Since Caesar was planning to leave Rome to conquer Parthia and extend the Roman Empire on March 18, 44 B.C.E., the conspirators had to act fast (Nardo 92). On the afternoon of March 15, 44 B.C.E., or the Ides of March, Caesar went to the Senate despite his wife Calpurnia’s warning that she felt something would happen to him (Nardo 94). On his way to the Senate, Julius Caesar was handed a warning note about the events that were about to take place, but he would never read it (Grant 259). With Antony distracted at the door, Caesar continued to make his way inside the Senate meeting (Grant 259). After the initial blow by Casca, Caesar was stabbed 22 more times even though only the second wound was fatal (Grant 260). Despite having vowed to protect Caesar, only two of the Senators tried to intervene (Grant 260). Julius Caesar’s funeral was held on March 20, 44 B.C.E. (Strauss XII) Even after his death, Caesar had many lasting impacts on Rome, including three new settlements that he founded named Carthage, Corinth, and Hispalis (Nardo 83). Shortly before his death, Caesar planned to open a library consisting of Greek and Latin books for the people of Rome (Nardo 88). Caesar constructed the Julian Calendar, no w used today, that consists of 365 days while the

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