Julius Caesar, as we all know he was the Roman General and a politician who named himself the dictator of the Roman Empire. His rule didn’t last for long as he was liquidated by his rivals one year later. He was crafty and cunning; he rose through the ranks of the roman republic.
He shook the foundation of the Roman Empire to an extent he was feared by his subjects. That’s how he joined politics, and he was good at it. July 12th, he was born to a noble family when the Roman Empire was in chaos, and he seized an opportunity and became governor of Spain. At that time, Spain was a province of the Roman Empire.
Interesting facts about Julius Caesar.
1. Then roman General was not born through C-section.
People believe Julius was born through Cesarean section, but according to the Julius Caesar biography writer, he says C-section for women those days was just a death sentence, but the mother lived 50 years after Julius Caesar was born. There were no antibiotics or anesthesia, so there was no way any woman could survive the pain.
2. He villainously conquered modern France (Gaul)
He was a genius when it came to political matters and won more positions in government, and opportunities came his way. To prove to people his reign will be excellent, and he wanted to show his strength. So he decided to conquer Gaul. Tribes from the north terrorized the Roman Empire, and he decided to destroy their kingdom. They killed one million people, enslaved the other million, and subjugated one million. They have different stories that mean some are exaggerations from the truth, but he did destroy Gaul.
3. Cross the Rubicon
Cross the Rubicon is a phrase we use today to decide which Is the last step, and there is nothing else you can do about it. The Rubicon was a river between his province and Italy proper of which no governor was allowed to cross it with an army. He crossed it with his troops, and he was in rebellion against Rome.
4. He offered his name to Czar and Kaiser Titles.
When Caesar died, an adoptive heir or successor, Augustus became the first Roman emperor who went by Caesar Augustus and all subsequent that carried the title. This happens because Caesar stood out as a sign of how he was as a military and political life. These ideas spread all over, and they feared. Some countries like Germany and Russia use the title.
5. Julius Caesar was a writer.
Despite being a general and political genius, Caesar was a prolific and outstanding writer. He wrote histories of his military conquest, he wrote his speeches, and he did poetry. In history, very few leaders and military generals can write or even value them.
6. Et Tu, Brute.
Having fame as the toughest leader and crafty politician, he had enemies from all over. The senate was split by half, some did support him, and some didn’t want to see him(Marcus Junius Brutus). Brutus came up with a plan to kill Julius Caesar, and he stabbed him 23 times in front of his senate and 200 people. According to some sources, his last words were not Et Tu Brute (“you, too, Brutus’ ‘) but “you too my child?“He was surprised to see his best friend killing him.
7. He had Ailurophobia.
The conqueror of empires and cunning politician but feared cats. Some you can’t figure out, some people are afraid of some things. He has killed over 1 million people who are trained, and he is scared of cats.
8. He was not from a normal ordinary low-income family.
People believe Julius comes from a noble and rich family, but it’s not true according to his biography and Shakespeare. He gained power from the military as he rose in ranks so fast. He has never lost a war, and that’s what made him famous. On the other hand, he was crafty and cunning, so he took every opportunity assiduously.
9. He named July after Julius.
Julius Caesar renamed the month Quintilis to his name Julius. Now we call it July. IT was a month after his birth. But it was not his choice. One of his senates in the Roman Empire wanted to remember Caesar for what he was and what he did.
10. Caesar didn’t marry Cleopatra vii as he was married to Calpurnia.
Julius loved Cleopatra, but he was not allowed to marry her as polygamy was illegal.
11. Well-planned assassination.
His friend assassinated Julius Caesar at the senate, where he fell at the legs of Pompey, his enemy statue. He was stabbed 23 times by a conspirator in his senate led by his best friend, Brutus.
12. He was the first person on the planet to have an autopsy.
According to records, his body was the first to go through postmortem. According to history, one of 23 wounds he was stabbed one was fatal. It punctured his chest and ruptured the Aorta.
13. He paid everyone a 3-month wage before he died.
Before he died, he paid every citizen three months wage, and that’s why many people liked him, but some assumed he had enough, and that’s he was killed, and Augustus took it from there.
14. Ransom irony.
Pirates kidnapped Julius and asked for 35 talents as a ransom before they released him. Julius raised the ransom to 50 talents. Pirates were surprised.
15. Rome’s greatest General.
He conquered all of Europe, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, is the only man who was craft enough to do that, and now he carries the title Rome’s Greatest General.
16. Illegitimate son.
Caesar was the illegitimate son of Julius and Cleopatra. After giving birth to him, Cleopatra moved to Rome. He was present when Julius was assassinated (in the city).
17. His death marked the beginning of a new era.
His death marked the end of the Roman Republic and the start of the Roman Empire.
18. It was believed he went into heaven.
When he died, a comet flashed in the sky, and people believed he ascended into heaven. For that, he was the first Roman to be deified.
19. The Caesar coin.
He is the only person whose image was on a coin, and he was still alive.
There are many interesting stories about Julius Caesar as he shook the world and left remarkable history.
20 Caesar sparked a civil war
Julius ignites civil war when he didn’t listen to his senate and crossed the river Rubicon in 49BC.he made this decision when his term as governor in Gaul was over. He was commanded to disband his army and go back to Rome, but he decided to go against Pompey and got himself away.