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Julius Caesar: A Brief Biography Essay

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Julius Caesar is the one of the famous Roman generals. Many may recognize this name from the great works of Shakespeare. Before the great works of Shakespeare, Julius Caesar was famous in his Roman city which. Julius Caesar was a dictator that turned the Roman republic to the Roman Empire. Even though the life time of Julius Caesar took place in 100 BC – 44 BC, people everywhere will mention Caesar’s name and legacy.
For starters, Julius Caesar’s time was very different from today life. People did not get married because they were in love with the each other most of the time. The reason people in Roman time got married was for perfect children. Babies that were not fit or unhealthy during this time would be thrown out and left for dead. According to Phillip Freeman, “Roman families had to keep the first girl that is born and all healthy boys.” (Freeman 23). During this time there were no public schools, only private schools and tutors that came to the house. Julius Caesar had a tutor who taught him and is sisters. Children that did not behave during this time would be whipped by their teachers (Freeman 24). When boys turned 15 or 16 they would be considered an adult.
Another thing different about this time is that crucifixions took place. Caesar would do crucifixions to pirates (Freeman 40).
Freeman, Philip. Julius Caesar. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008. Print.

Crucifixions would start off with a man being flogged, humiliated, and weakened. After being beaten the criminal would have to carry a cross to the prison yard, the man would be nailed and strapped to the cross naked (Freeman 39).
To initially begin, Julius Caesar was born in Rome, Italy in July of the year 100 BC (Kamm 13). Before Julius Caesar was Julius Caesar he was Gaius Julius Caesar (Kamm 13). Growing up Caesar was far from rich and at a young age his father died, leaving him with his mom and sisters’. Caesar’s birth was a subject of many myths. One myth was that Caesar was born by a caesarean section. This is a myth because a woman that gives a caesarean section near this time is looking at death after. Caesar’s mom lived for nearly fifty years after she gave birth to Caesar (freeman 14). The little information that we know about Caesar’s father is that he was active in politics and in the military (freeman 15). Julius Caesar had two sisters, both named Julia. Julius Caesar grew up in Rome near a forum. Caesar lived in a house with a slave (freeman 19). Religion in Caesar’s life was very important. Caesar was polytheist, which means he believed in many gods. Besides religion, education was a big part in Caesar’s life. Caesar’s parent hired a highly trained tutor and teacher named Marcus Antonius Gnipho (Freeman 24). Caesar mastered at many subjects in his education including physical education. Physical education in Caesar’s time included horse riding, fighting, and swimming in the Tiber (Freeman 25). These skills will help Caesar mentally and physically throughout his life...

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