Gaius Julius Caesar

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Sara Schwartz 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,…show more content…
They were known as the First Triumvirate. Between the three of them they had enough money and influence to control the public economy. To further strengthen the alliance Pompey married Caesar's daughter Julia. He was about 22 years older than her. Caesar believed in equality and redistribution of lands to the poor. This was looked down on by aristocrats and appealed more to the lower class. While heading into Gaul, he faced the threat of the Germans, who crossed the Rhine into the Roman territory. German soothsayers predicted that if they fought before a new moon that they would surely lose. Caesar heard this and used it to his advantage, ambushing the Germans and slaughtering them as if they were to extinguish the entire race. This was known as the Gallic Wars. After crushing the Germans he set out to invade Britannia in 55B.C.. Over the 15 years in Gaul, he led Roman armies against enemies abroad while fighting Pompey for political control at home. Caesar had become a military hero to the people. “Enormous financial resources, popular military victories, impeccable ancestry, and one of the finest minds in the ancient world had yet produced was enough to terrify Caesar’s political enemies.” (7 Julius Caesar) Because of his power the Senate revoked his governorship of Gaul. Consequently, on 10 January 49 B.C. General Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River, the boundary between
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