Essay on Julius Caesar

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1. Early life Julius Caesar was born on July 13, 100 B.C. Though he was a descendent of the oldest patrician family, Julius Caesar grew up in a very poor district of Rome called Subura. As a child, he studied martial arts, history, and law (“Julius Caesar”). At the age of seventeen, Julius married Cornelia, the daughter of Luciussulla, who was a dictator of Rome. Because Luciussulla did not approve of the marriage, he tried to force the two to divorce, but they both refused. Julius Caesar studied philosophy and oratory in Greece. Soon after returning to Rome, Cornelia became pregnant. Named after her father, the baby’s name was Julia. Cornelia died in 68 B.C., leaving Caesar to care for their daughter (Gruen,12). Still fairly …show more content…
The Senate had originally refused to give Pompey this land, but because of Caesar they changed their minds (Combee,95). Also, in 59 B.C., Pompey married Caesar’s daughter, Julia (Gruen,13). Caesar now desired to be governor of Gaul for a five-year term. Also a great general, Caesar spent years conquering Gaul. He became a loyal friend to many of the people there. While conquering, Caesar became very powerful and very popular. His many conquests continued and his army grew stronger and stronger (Combee,95). Fortunately, Caesar’s campaigns in Gaul brought great wealth and popularity to Rome. They also brought great popularity to him (“Julius Caesar”). To many people, Caesar was a hero (Gruen,13). After his second term as governor in Gaul, the hero returned to Rome. Growing very jealous of Caesar, Pompey joined his enemies. The Senate persistently tried to disband Caesar’s powerful army. He refused to do this, which caused major friction with the Senate (Combee,95). Then, on January 10, 49 B.C., Caesar crossed the Rubicon River with his army. This was the start of the Civil War. Afraid of the more powerful army, Pompey and his army retreated. Though, this was not the end. Though they knew of his great conquering abilities, the enemies continued to plan the downfall of Julius Caesar (“Julius Caesar”). As a conquer, Caesar was one of the greatest. He was greatly honored for many of his victories. In 47 B.C.,
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