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I came I saw I conquered These were the words expressed by the incredibly strong will and no-nonsense attitude of one historys most famous men Julius Caesar who was courageous and quick-witted and also very good with people But most of all he was a gambler who knew how to calculate the odds Willing to stake everything he had even his own life on a chance to win big in the game of politics he was very sure of himself So sure of himself to be considered arrogant on most occasions The story goes a little something about how he was captured by pirates while still a young man only twenty-two years old They wanted to ransom him for twenty talents of gold but he explained that he was worth much more The pirates bought into his clever explaining and upped his ransom to fifty talents While he was their prisoner he would read them books of Roman and Greek literature When they didnt show interest for him and his books Caesar promised to hunt them all down and put them to death after he was ransomed The pirates should have killed him right there instead of laughing at him while they thought he was making Idle threats Julius Caesar made good on his promises though After they released him Caesar borrowed a ship from the governor of a nearby island and hunted down his captors After keeping his promises he crucified the whole band of the pirates leaving them to die of thirst hanging naked on crosses in the hot Mediterranean sun Julius Caesars most famous accomplishments might as well be the conquest of Gaul and the invasion of Britain The civil wars that had plagued the Roman Republic kept going during the reign of Julius Caesar and he was a major player in the struggle for power and leadership He defeated his major rival Cnaeus Pompey in 48 BC at
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