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Gaius Julius Caesar rose from relative obscurity to supreme power over the Roman Empire Born on July 13 100 BC he cam from a rather humble family of little prominence In 84 BC he married Lucius Cornelius Sulla When Lucius ordered him to divorce her he refused and escaped harm through the intervention of a relative Afterwards he was sent to collect a fleet from a Roman alley Nicomedes IV of Bithynia At the siege of Mytilene in 80 he was honored for conspicuous bravery He then left for Rhodes to study but was captured en route by pirates Escaping from the Pirates and returning to Rhodes his studies were interrupted by the outbreak of the Romans war with Mithradates VI Caesar was made pontiff at Rome in 73 BC After a quaestorship in Spain 69 Caesar earned popularity among the Transpadane Gauls by supporting their agitation for Roman citizenship In 68 he married Pompeia relative to Pompey the Great In 64 BC while prosecuting Gaius Rabirius he used the trial to attack the legality of the Senatus consultum ultimum or the senates decree of a state emergency Through the help of massive bribery he became Pontifex Maximus in the elections that year Caesar took no part in Catilines conspiracy but courted much popularity by opposing the execution of Catilines accomplices Soon after these incidents he divorced Pompeia on suspicion of infidelity later marrying Calpurnia in 58 In 61 Caesar became governor of Further Spain At this post he outwitted his political enemies by forgoing a victory in order to win an election Although Ceasers daughter married Pompey in 59 strain began to develop between the two men The death of Julia in 34 and Ceasers phenomenal success at Gaul eventually destroyed the the relationship between Pompey and Caesar On Jan 10th 49 BC Caesar started a civil war with Pompey Ceasers army made of veterans of war soon overran Pompeys
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