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5 Accomplishments of Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar was a great Roman leader at the end of the Roman Republic. More on Julius Caesar below....
Denarius of Julius Caesar

Silver denarius bearing the head of Julius Caesar as Pontifex Maximus, struck 44-45 B.C.

G. Ferrero, The Women of the Caesars, New York, 1911. Courtesy of Wikimedia.

5 Accomplishments of Julius Caesar

  1. Julius Caesar was a general, a statesman, a lawgiver, an orator, and historian.
  2. He never lost a war.
  3. Caesar fixed the calendar.
  4. He is thought to have created the first news sheet, Acta Diurna, which was posted on the forum to let everyone who cared to read it know what the Assembly and Senate were up to.
  5. He instigated an enduring law against extortion.

Who Was Caesar?

In case you're reading this list of accomplishments without a grounding, here's a quick overview of Julius Caesar.

Although the word Caesar signifies the ruler of the Roman emperor, in the case of the first of the Caesars, it was just his name. Julius Caesar was not the emperor.

(Gaius) Julius Caesar was born 3 days before the Ides of July, on July 13 in c. 100 B.C. His father's family was from the patrician gens of the Julii, which traced its lineage to the first king of Rome, Romulus, and the goddess Venus. His parents were Gaius Caesar and Aurelia, daughter of Lucius Aurelius Cotta. Caesar was related by marriage to Marius, who supported the populares, and opposed Sulla, who supported the optimates.

In 44 B.C. conspirators claiming they feared Caesar was aiming to become king assassinated Caesar on the Ides of March.

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