Analyzing Julius Caesar's Motives

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From a young age, Julius Caesar was introduced to the politics of Rome through his family’s connection to Marius. Growing through his adolescence in both the proscription period of Marius and the dictatorship of Sulla, Caesar gained a lesson in extra constitutional advancement in the early career of Gaius Pompeius Magnus. Both Marius and Sulla distinguished themselves in the Social War, and both wanted command of the war against Mithridates, which was initially given to Sulla; but when Sulla left the city to take command of his army, a tribune passed a law transferring the appointment to Marius. Sulla responded by marching his army on Rome, which was believed to be an influence on Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon. Caesar became the head of his family at the age of sixteen, and managed to have himself elected as the new High Priest of Jupiter. The priests needed to be of patrician family, and married to a patrician, so Caesar broke off his engagement to a young plebeian, and married Cornelia, the daughter of Lucius Cinna. When Roman ruler Sulla declared himself dictator, he began a systematic purge of all Maria connections within Rome, and any who held the Populares ideology, including Julius Caesar. The marriage between Caesar’s aunt to Marius gave the family a connection with a potentially important political group, regarding the family as Populares. Sulla's proscriptions saw hundreds of his political enemies killed or exiled. Caesar, as the nephew of Marius and

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