The Life and Legend

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Connor Sweeney

Mrs. Lowry

5th Period

17 March 2014

The Life and Legend

One of the most important people in the history of the Roman Empire was Julius Caesar. He played a critical role in Rome's transition from a republic to an empire. Julius Caesar is regarded as one of the best military leaders of all time. Caesar was an excellent general and successful politician. By conquering many lands for the empire and making important political decisions, he was a huge influence on the people. As a dictator and a leader, Caesar greatly affected the Roman people by improving their way of living. Caesar achieved much power while he was alive and was set to become the king of Rome before his assassination.

Gaius Julius Caesar was born in July 100 B.C. to a middle-class family that lived right outside of Rome. His family was well of, but not rich by Roman standards.

We do know that Caesar received an education, probably from a private tutor. When Caesar was only sixteen, his father died and he became the head of the family. He was ordered to divorce his recently married Cornelia by the recently elected ruler, and Caesar refused. He was put on a death list and had to go into hiding. He was later relieved of the punishment because of persuasion of powerful friends and family.

Soon afterwards Caesar joined the Roman Army. He was awarded the civil crown for saving a civilian's life in battle, and quickly rose up in the ranks. After the ruler who sentenced Caesar to death died, Caesar returned to Rome and became a major political leader. Julius achieved the ranks of tribute and of quaestor; he also served as a predator in Spain. Caesar then was elected to the position of consul. The...