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Gaius Julius Caesar was born on July 13 100 BC Although patrician descent Caesars family had not achieved real prominence His father also named Gaius Julius Caesar was the brother-in-law of Gaius Marius and married Aurelia who was connected with the prominent Aurelii family he died about 85 BC however before reaching the consulship In 84 Caesar married Cornelia daughter of Mariuss old partner Lucius Cornelius Cinna When Lucius Cornelius Sulla ordered him to divorce her he refused and escaped harm through the intervention of such people as his mothers relative Gaius Aurelius Cotta Caesar was then sent to collect a fleet from the Roman ally Nicomedes IV of Bithynia and was honored for conspicuous bravery at the siege of Mytilene Returning home after Sullas death he unsuccessfully prosecuted two Sullans Gnaeus Cornelius Dolabella and Gaius Antonius Hibrida He then left Rome for studies in Rhodes but was captured by pirates After obtaining ransom he recruited private troops captured the pirates and had them executed in His studies on Rhodes were interrupted by the outbreak of war with Mithradates VI of Pontus against who he gathered a force in 74 During a legateship to help Marcus Antonius Creticus fight piracy Caesar was made a pontiff at Rome in 73 BC After his military tribunate and possible service against Spartacus he sided with those seeking power from outside the circle of nobles who dominated the Senate He supported restoration of tribunician powers and the recall from exile of those who had supported Marcus Aemilius Lepidus in his revolt of 77 Caesar also advertised his Marian connections by displaying Mariuss effigies at his aunt Julias funeral through funeral orations for both Julia and his wife and by the restoration of Marius battle trophies on the Capitoline Hill After a quaestorship in Spain Caesar earned popularity among the Transpadane Gauls by supporting their agitation for Roman citizenship He next married Pompeia granddaughter of
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