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Gaius Julius Caesar was a superior leader who stood above the rest even after his untimely death He was both an intellectual and courageous These characteristics gave him an early lead in his political life He not only changed the lives of Romans of his time but also left his imprint on the world for centuries to come Being an intelligent and very well educated man it was not difficult for Caesar to gain respect and notoriety As an orator and politician military general writer and statesman he excelled He studied both Greek and Latin literature as well as philosophy and most importantly rhetoric Even at an early age Caesar had shown a natural talent for the art of persuasive argument He started his political career at the early age of twenty-two Isenburg 24 Everyone could see that he was a gifted writer with a clear and simple style Unknown Julius Caesar Our Next Great Leader 1 While in Cadiz he burst into tears admiring a statue of Alexander the Great When his friends asked him why they were greatly surprised Caesar said Do you think I have not just cause to weep when I consider that Alexander at my age has conquered so many nations and I have all this time done nothing that is memorable Akinde 6 Undoubtedly this shows he was a deep thinker Because he was a brave and courageous man he never not faltered when pursuing his political goals When pirates off the coast of Asia Minor captured him he haughtily demanded that the ransom of 20 talents they were asking be increased to 50 The pirates gladly accepted Caesars companions set off to raise the funds and he had no worries about being released He even threatened to return and crucify every man on the ship to which the outlaws snickered in disbelief When the ransom came Caesar immediately set about raising a force of local men
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