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Julius Caesar Julius Caesars actions undermined the Republic and paved the way for a system headed by Emperors From 100BC to 44BC Gaius Julius Caesar had accomplished more than any other great leader of Rome Remarkably coming from an old impoverished Patrician family he rose through the ranks of the Roman Senate mainly through connections to his allies Pompey and Crassus Eventually becoming the first dictator in Rome to serve for life Fellow Senators who did not approve of the Empire like state Rome was regaining conspired to and did assassinate him Julius Caesar from a young age showed impeccable determination sensibility and a very practical and strong-minded attitude These characteristics contributed greatly to the vast arrangement of titles he received within the Roman Senate The Julians were relatively connected to the Marians as Caesars aunt was married to Gaius Marius This connection along with marrying Cornelia daughter of Marian associate Cinna led Caesar directly into politics In 69BC he was elected Quaestor and after surviving Sullas proscriptions Caesar rose quickly as a popularis maintaining his identity as a Marian Nelson 200299 As Aedile in 65BC he borrowed and spent money from Marcus Lucinius Crassus a wealthy dominant politic producing elaborate games and functions By doing this for the public he gained much popularity and achieved post of Pontifex Maximus High Priest in 63BC Simultaneously in 61BC Julius was sent to serve as Governor in Spain However Rome on the other hand was being controlled by the Optimates opposition of Marian side fighting for appeasement with Pompey and Crassus Against the Optimates in 60BC Caesar returned to Rome reconciled Pompey and Crassus and conjoined them and himself to a sealed oath of cooperation called the First Triumvirate The arrangement called by modern historians as the First Triumvirate was entirely private unofficial and initially secret It also united three very ambitious men against the Senate Estensen 1995473 This marked the beginning of
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