Caesar by David Grace

By David Grace

Gaius Julius Caesar was once clever, brave, and attached. for almost all of his grownup existence, although, he took little benefit of his presents. Then, in his early forties, he got here into his personal as an orator, baby-kisser, normal, author, and statesman.

Caesar devoted himself to a unique undertaking: development Rome into an empire over which he might rule. As he learned his grand imaginative and prescient, the area he had created crashed down on him. acquaintances and foes alike grew to become opposed to him. a bunch of conspirators within the Roman Senate murdered him in a single of history's so much notorious assassinations. yet whereas Caesar died, he additionally lived on. here's his attention-grabbing tale.

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Early census figures usually excluded women, children, and non-citizens. There may have been around a million people in the city, but only a small fraction of the population comprised free citizens who voted and took part in public life. The majority of Romans were laborers or slaves. Across the Republic, slaves made up about 20 percent of the population. In the city of Rome, the number was closer to 40 percent. For the privileged citizens of Rome, the Forum served also as a kind of public library.

Caesar then paid a visit to his former rhetoric teacher, Apollonius Molon, on the island of Rhodes, where he picked up his former studies. But this visit was cut short by another incursion by Mithridates, ending the king’s brokered peace with Rome. Caesar rallied a small band of soldiers, whom he paid himself, and thwarted an incursion by the enemy into Roman territories. Another general, on appointment by the Senate, then took charge of the conflict, conscripting Caesar and his men. On the eve of another battle, Caesar again received news from the capital: His uncle, the priest Cotta, had died, which meant Caesar could claim his seat in the College of Priests, along with the possibility of one day becoming High Priest of Rome.

Their households ran largely on the spoils and plunders of foreign conquest and the tributes collected from the provinces. Laws passed for the mass distribution of corn, and sometimes land, gained in conquest were called Agrarian. Even their public games were sponsored by conquered lands, paid for with raided riches and staged with prisoners and slaves taken in battle. This was Caesar’s Rome: a bustling, thriving city crowded with merchants, obsessed with politics and military adventures, in love with games and sensual pleasures.

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