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Gaius Julius Caesar was born on July 13 100 BC Although patrician descentCaesars family had not achieved real prominence His father also named Gaius JuliusCaesar was the brother-in-law of Gaius Marius and married Aurelia who was connectedwith the prominent Aurelii family he died about 85 BC however before reaching theconsulship In 84 Caesar married Cornelia daughter of Mariuss old partner LuciusCornelius Cinna When Lucius Cornelius Sulla ordered him to divorce her he refused andescaped harm through the intervention of such people as his mothers relative GaiusCaesar was then sent to collect a fleet from the Roman ally Nicomedes IV ofBithynia and was honored for conspicuous bravery at the siege of Mytilene Returninghome after Sullas death he unsuccessfully prosecuted two Sullans Gnaeus CorneliusDolabella and Gaius Antonius Hibrida He then left Rome for studies in Rhodes but wascaptured by pirates After obtaining ransom he recruited private troops captured thepirates and had them executed in His studies on Rhodes were interrupted by the outbreakof 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 wasmade a pontiff at Rome in 73 BC After his military tribunate and possible service againstSpartacus he sided with those seeking power from outside the circle of nobles whodominated the Senate He supported restoration of tribunician powers and the recall fromexile of those who had supported Marcus Aemilius Lepidus in his revolt of 77 Caesar alsoadvertised his Marian connections by displaying Mariuss effigies at his aunt Juliasfuneral through funeral orations for both Julia and his wife and by the restoration ofMarius battle trophies on the Capitoline HillAfter a quaestorship in Spain Caesar earned popularity among the Transpadane Gauls bysupporting their agitation for Roman citizenship He next married Pompeiagranddaughter of Sulla and relative of Pompey the Great and evidence indicates that hesupported important military assignments for Pompey in 67 and 66 As aedile in 65 BC heachieved great popularity--and
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