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Julius Caesar was born in Rome on July 12 or 13 in the year 100 BC His father Gaius Caesar died when Caesar was 16 years old and it was his mother Aurelia who proved to be quite influential in his life Caesars family was part of Romes original aristocracy called patricians although they were not rich or particularly influential At the time of Caesars birth the number of patricians was small and their status no longer provided political advantage In 86 BC Caesar was appointed flamen dialis with the help of his uncle by marriage Gaius Marius The position was one of an archaic priesthood and held no power Nevertheless it identified Caesar with extremist politics Caesar committed himself further to the radical side when he married Cornelia daughter of Lucius Cornelius Cinna in 84 BC In 82 BC Caesar was ordered to divorce his wife by Lucius Cornelius Sulla an enemy of the radicals Caesar refused and prudently left Rome for military service in Asia and Cilicia He returned in 78 BC when Sulla died and began his political career as a prosecuting advocate Caesar then traveled to Rhodes to study rhetoric and did not return to Rome until 73 BC During his journey to Rhodes pirates captured Caesar While in captivity Caesar convinced his captors to raise his ransom which increased his prestige He then raised a naval force overcame his captors and had them crucified In 68 BC Caesar was elected quaestor His wife died shortly thereafter In a purely political maneuver Caesar seized the opportunity to laud his uncle Cinna and father-in-law Marius during the funeral orations for his deceased wife Caesar was very much a political thinker and he rarely wasted an opportunity to further his political interests He then married Pompeia a relative of Pompey Caesar was elected aedile in 65 BC pontifex maximus in 63 BC and a praetor in 62 BC By this time Caesar was
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