History of Civilization
Gaius Julius Caesar Julius Caesar served as a key ruler in creating the Roman Empire. He is considered one of the world’s greatest generals and a wise politician. He took opportunities and used them to their fullest for self improvement. Characteristics such as confidence and charisma made Caesar a born leader. Over the course of his lifetime he flew through the political ladder in the Roman Republic and set forth a new way of ruling as a dictator.
He was born as Gaius Julius Caesar on 13 July 100 B.C., the only son of Gaius Julius Caesar and Aurelia. He did have two other sisters, Julia Caesaris the elder and younger. In Roman naming practice a child is given three names at birth,
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Caesar was on the list of people to be exiled. Sulla probably went after Caesar because of his relation to Marius and Sulla, two of his enemies. Any offspring of that marriage would be considered a threat to him. His family pleaded for his life and he was spared, but stripped of his inheritance. In order to pacify the situation, Caesar left Rome and joined the army. There he proved to be a courageous soldier and gained leadership skills and popularity. Before returning to Rome he went to Rhodes to study oratory under Apollonius Molon. This would be very beneficial in climbing Rome’s political ladder. On this way there he was captured by pirates and held hostage for 40 days. He was more than what they bargained for, showing authority over them. When he was released he had them crucified. Caesar’s way with words has always been his greatest asset. “Julius Caesar could make you do what he thought you should do by giving you a speech” (Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire). During his time away Sulla died from liver failure. This made it easier for him to return to Rome in 78 B.C., which was currently lead by consul Marcus Aemilius Lepidus. In 69 B.C. Caesar was elected quaestor and went to serve in Hispania.
To rid himself of debt he did anything to earn him money and fame. In 59 B.C. he tried for consul, the highest office in Rome, in hopes of receiving Gaul as his province. In order to make this