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The Life And Death of Gaius Julius CaesarIn my opinion no other man in the history of the world symbolizes military and political strength as much as Julius Caesar does Caesar was born on July 12 100 BC in Rome Italy Encarta 2000 His father belonged to the prestigious Julian clan Internet Explorer His uncle by marriage was Gaius Marius leader of the Populares which supported agrarian reform and opposed the Optimates Comptons Encyclopedia Marius saw to it that Julius Caesar was appointed flamen dialis which is a archaic priesthood with no power Caesars marriage in 84 BC to Cornelia the daughter of Mariuss associate was a political Match Lindsay Salo When Lucius Cornelius Sulla Mariuss enemy and leader of the Optimates was made dictator in 82 BC he issued a list of enemies to be executed Caesar was not harmed but he was ordered by Sulla to divorce Cornelia Caesar refused that order and left Rome to join the army Lindsay Salo Comptons Encyclopedia This was the beginning of an astonishing military career He became second in command of the province Asia Turkey Lindsay Salo In two years he proved his bravery and superior skills at arms After these years and Sullas resignation in 78 BC Julius decided to return to Rome There he served as an officer in Crassuss army against Spartacus Caesar climbed steadily in the government by serving as an official in many provinces Internet Explorer After the death of his wife Cornelia Julius remarried a wealthy wife and allied with Crassus who was the richest man in Rome at the time Internet Explorer Their opponent was Pompeius Magnus the Great Caesar wanted to become part of the consulate The consulate was a governmental position where two consuls nominated each year held the power of the state Caesar was hoping that he and Crassus would become the powerful consuls of the Roman Empire However the Senate tried to stop his efforts
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