A Glimpse Into Julius Caesar’s Life

When Gaius Julius Caesar took his first breaths in the world, he emerged three days before the Ides of July (better known as July 13) in either 100 or 102 BC. On his father’s side, he came from a line of patrician gens of the Julii, meaning his family members held religious significance and carried aristocratic rights through ancestry. When tracing back the bloodline of Caesar, it is revealed that he is related to the first king of Rome, Romulus; and to the goddess Venus. Additional facts include:

·    On his way to Rhodes to study oratory, pirates captured Caesar. With a charming disposition, he gained their trust and became friendly with them. However, once he was let go, Caesar made sure that the pirates met a swift death, having them executed.

·    No matter what era, it seems that scandal follows prominent leaders. At one point in time, Caesar was linked to what was known as the Bona Dea scandal, which involved Claudius and Clodius Pulcher. It seems that Publius Clodius Pulcher hid his identity, as he infiltrated Bona Dea, a Roman festival for women only that took place on the first of May. As a result, he made an enemy in Marcus Tullius Cicero.

·    Caesar was not a one-woman man with a great deal of evidence pointing to several affairs , beyond his infamous relationship with Cleopatra. One such important pairing was with Servilia Caepionis, who happened to be the half-sister of Cato the Younger. Ironically, scholars have mentioned the possibility of Brutus being the son of Caesar because of his relationship with Servilia Caepionis.

·    Rumors existed that Caesar was the lover of King Nicomedes of Bithynia , a claim that plagued a great deal of his life.

When it comes to words of wisdom, the historical accounts concerning Julius Caesar may or may not have gotten it right. No one is quite sure if all of the quotes listed below indeed came out of the mouth of the great emperor:

“I came, I saw, I conquered. ”

“What! art thou, too, one of them? Thou, my son! (aka Et tu, Brutus?)”

 “It is not,” said he, “these well fed, long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry looking.”

“When his friends advised him to have a guard, and several offered their service, he would not hear of it; but said it was better to suffer death once, than always to live in fear of it.”

“All Gaul is divided into three parts.”

“Men willingly believe what they wish.”

“I love treason but hate a traitor.”

“I wished my wife to be not so much as suspected.”

“For my part, I had rather be the first man among these fellows, than the second man in Rome.”

“The die is cast.”

“Go on, my friend, and fear nothing; you carry Caesar and his fortune in your boat.”

“The Ides of March have come.”