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The History Of Rome: Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar, a man born in around 12 to 13, 100 BC, was considered the start of a new legacy in the history of Rome. Participating in several wars, becoming dictator after forming multiple military alliances, to being assassinated on the Ides of March, Julius Caesar was a politically-flexible, popular leader of the Roman Empire. (Julius Caesar Biography, April 23, 2014) Although Caesar’s birth was never confirmed on the exact date, he was born and raised by his mother, Aurelia, and by his father, Gaius Julius Caesar. (Julius Caesar: Historical Background, April 23, 2014)
In around 85 BC, Julius Caesar’s father had died. About a few years later, while Caesar was 18 years old, he married ...view middle of the document...

As you can tell, Pompey and Caesar had earned themselves a close relationship but unfortunately it didn’t last too long. Marcus Licinius Crassus, a popular Roman general and politician, was also a friend of Caesar, but Pompey and Crassus grew older just to become more and more of a rival to Julius than a friend or ally. Julius, with the brains, had convinced them that they would be in better hands as allies. This 3-man allied power became known as the First Triumvirate. With more power than before, Caesar conquered the area known as Gaul which today is known as France and Belgium. During this takeover, his hired political assistants controlled the government for him back home. (Julius Caesar: Historical Background, April 23, 2014)
A major turning point of Caesar’s life was when his wife, Cornelia, passed away in 69 BC. As this tragedy faded, Julius remarried Pompeia, a relative of Pompey. However, this marriage lasted for several years before they divorced in 62 BC. (Julius Caesar: Historical Background, April 23, 2014)
Continuing on his success, Caesar was unstoppable, but even though he was an ally of Pompey, Pompey envied Caesar and did not really support him that much through his success. Jealousy struck him. Crassus, on the other hand, had not grown fond of Pompey. They reconciled once again at a conference in Luca in 56 BC. This peace expanded Caesar’s reign for another five years, because he gave Crassus a five-year rule in Syria and Pompey in Spain for five years. Syria marks the location where Crassus was killed in battle. (Julius Caesar Biography, April 23, 2014)
It was bound to happen. Caesar was eventually going to have to fight against Pompey due to Caesar’s competitive military and government power. Caesar was, no doubt, a successful man. He reduced debt, reformed his Senate, reformed the official calendar for Rome, and gave a rebirth to the organization of the Roman government. With good sport, Caesar even invited the rulers he had defeated into his government. (Julius Caesar Biography, April 23, 2014)
In Caesar’s case, with great...

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