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Who was Julius Caesar?

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Julius Caesar was the leader of the Roman Republic from 49 BCE to 44 BCE, though he was a prominent political and military leader even earlier. Beginning as a military general and then becoming one member of a three-way political power-sharing structure known as a "triumvirate," Julius Caesar was eventually able to consolidate power and become the sole ruler of Rome. In ancient Rome, a "dictator" might be appointed, usually in times of emergency. Dictators were granted wide-ranging political power, but generally only temporarily. After the civil war that solidified Julius Ceasar's control of Rome, he was appointed dictator perpetuo (dictator in perpetuity).

JuliusCaesar is considered an important figure in Roman history because his rise to power marked a shift in Roman political organization. Before Julius Caesar, Rome was primarily a Republican form of government. Julius Caesar's reign represented a shift to single-person rule (dictatorship) that would last for roughly the next 160 years.

Some of Caesar's other achievements include conquering Gaul, launching the first Roman military excursion into Britain, rebuilding the ancient cities of Carthage and Corinth, and instituting Roman social reforms. He initiated government control on the purchase of state-subsidized grain, which helped to increase the availability of food to the poorest Romans, and he canceled a quarter of private Roman debt, which was also an aid to private citizens, especially the poor. His social reforms might have been inspired by self-interest (to keep the populace happy), but they also improved the lives of lowest sector of the Roman public.

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Julius Caesar was probably the most famous leader of Ancient Rome.  He was an important military and political leader in the last century BCE.  He was assassinated by a group of conspirators who feared that he was becoming too powerful and that he would become a tyrant.

Caesar became famous as a military leader.  He is most famous for his conquest of what was then called Gaul and is now mostly France and Belgium.  This greatly increased the size of the Roman Empire.  Caesar’s military successes made him very popular.  This helped him to gain political power.  He used his political skills and his popularity to gain more and more political power until he was seen by many as a danger that needed to be removed.

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Gaius Julius Caesar (100 BCE-44 BCE) was a Roman general and dictator that forever changed the country of Rome and ultimately the world.

He is one of the most famous figures in history. He was so influential that his name would be what other cultures would base their royal titles on; Bulgarian, Serbian and Russian Tsars, German Kaiser.

He conquered Gaul, modern day France, Switzerland, Belgium and northern Italy, in 52 BCE at the battle of Aesia, bringing the region under Roman control and earning him the clout to oust his political rival, Pompey, from Italy. Caesar chased Pompey into Egypt where he met Cleopatra and struck up an alliance with the queen. Their relationship would produce an illegitimate son, Caesarion. In 47 BCE Pompey was defeated and Caesar returned home to Rome where he was elected dictator for life in 45 BCE. His reign did not last more than a year, as he was assassinated on March 15, 44 BCE. This is where the phrase, "Beware the Ides of March" comes from.

He was the first Roman figure to be deified, had the month of July named after him and reformed the calendar, our own calendar is based on his system.

His nephew, Gaius Octavius Thurinus, ascended to the throne after his death and took the name Caesar Augustus as the first Roman emperor.

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