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Gaius Julius Caesar was born on July 13 100 BC to a prestigious Roman family His uncle was Gaius Marius the consul and leader of the agrarian reform movement In 82 BC Lucius Cornelius Sulla attacked the city and made himself dictator Because Sulla was an enemy of Marius he ordered Caesar to divorce his wife Cornelia Caesar refused and fled the city until Sulla resigned in 78 BC Caesar started his reign in a triumvirate with himself Pompey the Great and Marcus Licinius Crassus This was just a dictatorship of three They ruled the Republic with terror using the army and their henchmen as muscle The only person who continually voiced his opposition to the triumvirate was the famous orator Cicero The triumvirate chased him into hiding In 58 BC Caesar et als term ended but they kept power Caesar boosted his popularity by conquering Gaul and Britain In 53 BC Crassus died in battle in Asia leaving a triumvirate of two While Caesar was away in Britain the senators tried to pit him against Pompey by naming Caesar a public enemy and Pompey protector of the state The senators were hoping that the two would get rid of each other Caesar was ordered to disband his army but he instead marched on Rome He was just bringing his soldiers home but it was taken as an invasion In 48 BC Caesar crossed to Greece where Pompey had escaped to Pompey escaped to Egypt where he sought shelter with King Ptolemy XIII Ptolemys advisors warned him against the wrath of Caesar so he killed Pompey and sent Caesar his head In 46 BC Caesar was named the ten year dictator of the state He promptly renamed himself dictator for life On March 15 44 BC a group of senators who decided that Caesar was a danger to the Republic Led by Brutus and Cassius they attacked Caesar in the senate chambers Ironically his body
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