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Born in Rome on July 13 100 BC Gaius Julius Caesar belonged to the prestigious Julian clan His father also called Gaius Julius Caesar was a quaestor A quaestor was the lowest rank in the hierarchy of Roman officials His mother was named Aurelia the daughter of Lucius Aurelius Cotta who had been consul in 119 BC Little is known of Caesars early life however it is known that the young Caesars education lay largely in the hands of his family His mother took a leading part in the supervision of her sons education and physical training The responsibility of much of Julius education such as reading and writing was entrusted to tutors Many times these tutors were often family slaves who also taught the young man Greek and the basics of rhetoric Julius also learned the rudiments of Roman law such as memorizing the Twelve Tables a Roman form of the Ten Commandments a basic code of behavior Young Caesars education also included physical training in various areas These included horseback riding swimming casting the javelin close and hand to hand combat boxing heat and cold endurance and many others In 86 BC Julius uncle Gaius Marius appointed Julius to the flamen dialis The flamen dialis was an archaic priesthood that held no real political power in Rome In 82 BC Caesar left Rome when Lucius Cornelius the dictator at that time ordered him to divorce his wife Young Caesar did not return to his home city until 78 BC after the resignation of Cornelius In 57 BC Caesar conquered Gaul an area that includes modern-day France in the name of the Roman Empire While he was at the battlefront in Gaul his faithful agents began to dominate politics in Rome In 52 BC Caesars friend and partner Pompey gained sole consulship of the Roman government Becoming jealous of the younger mans success and power Pompey set out to strip Caesar of all achievements
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