Julius Caesar changed Rome forever. He dodged proscription and pirates, changed the calendar and the army, while a womanizer himself, he dismissed his wife for suspicious behavior, wrote (bad) poetry and a third person account of the wars he waged, started a civil war, conquered the area of modern France, and made a stab at Britain. He was instrumental in the change from a Republican form of government to one where an individual (in Rome's case, an emperor or "caesar") ruled for life. Find out more about what Julius Caesar did in his very active fifty-six years.
Julius Caesar (July 12/13, 100 B.C. - March 15, 44 B.C.) may have been the greatest man of all times. By age 39/40, Caesar had been a widower, divorce, governor (propraetor) of Further Spain, captured by pirates, hailed imperator by adoring troops, quaestor, aedile, consul, and elected pontifex maximus. What was left for his remaining 16/17 years? That for which Julius Caesar was most well known: the Triumvirate, military victories in Gaul, the dictatorship, civil war, and, finally, assassination.
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Julius Caesar wouldn't have been the subject of Shakespeare's tragedy of that name had it not been for the fact that Caesar had already been famous for more than 1650 years. In the play, Caesar's most memorable actions were non-actions, he declined the crown, he didn't heed the soothsayer's warnings and he ceased to live.
Julius Caesar is one of those people whose name we should all recognize.