Julius Caesar


1969 – -0043


Who was Julius Caesar?

Gaius Julius Caesar was a Roman general, statesman, Consul and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus and Pompey formed a political alliance that was to dominate Roman politics for several years. Their attempts to amass power through populist tactics were opposed by the conservative elite within the Roman Senate, among them Cato the Younger with the frequent support of Cicero. Caesar's conquest of Gaul, completed by 51 BC, extended Rome's territory to the English Channel and the Rhine. Caesar became the first Roman general to cross both when he built a bridge across the Rhine and conducted the first invasion of Britain.

These achievements granted him unmatched military power and threatened to eclipse the standing of Pompey, who had realigned himself with the Senate after the death of Crassus in 53 BC. With the Gallic Wars concluded, the Senate ordered Caesar to lay down his military command and return to Rome. Caesar refused, and marked his defiance in 49 BC by crossing the Rubicon with a legion, leaving his province and illegally entering Roman territory under arms. Civil war resulted, from which he emerged as the unrivaled leader of Rome.

Famous Quotes:

  • Men willingly believe what they wish.
  • Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.
  • Men freely believe that which they desire.
  • I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.
  • In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.
  • What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.
  • As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can.
  • I have lived long enough to satisfy both nature and glory.
  • It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.
  • Which death is preferably to every other? The unexpected.

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Dec 31, 1969
Also known as
  • Gaius Julius Caesar
  • Júlio César
  • Caio Julio César
  • Gaio Giulio Cesare
  • Caius Iulius Caii filius Caii nepos Caesar Imperator
  • Jules César
  • Roman Republic
Lived in
  • Rome
Mar 15, -0043
Theatre of Pompey

on July 23, 2013


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