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Wikipedia Summary for Julius Caesar

Gaius Julius Caesar (Latin: [ˈɡaːiʊs ˈjuːliʊs ˈkae̯sar]; 12 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman general and statesman who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus and Pompey formed the First Triumvirate, a political alliance that dominated Roman politics for several years. Their attempts to amass power as Populares were opposed by the Optimates within the Roman Senate, among them Cato the Younger with the frequent support of Cicero. Caesar rose to become one of the most powerful politicians in the Roman Republic through a string of military victories in the Gallic Wars, completed by 51 BC, which greatly extended Roman territory. During this time he both invaded Britain and built a bridge across the Rhine river. These achievements and the support of his veteran army threatened to eclipse the standing of Pompey, who had realigned himself with the Senate after the death of Crassus in 53 BC. With the Gallic Wars concluded, the Senate ordered Caesar to step down from his military command and return to Rome. Leaving his command in Gaul would mean losing his immunity to criminal prosecution by his enemies; knowing this, Caesar openly defied the Senate's authority by crossing the Rubicon and marching towards Rome at the head of an army. This began Caesar's civil war, which he won, leaving him in a position of near unchallenged power and influence.

After assuming control of government, Caesar began a program of social and governmental reforms, including the creation of the Julian calendar. He gave citizenship to many residents of far regions of the Roman Republic. He initiated land reform and support for veterans. He centralized the bureaucracy of the Republic and was eventually proclaimed "dictator for life" (dictator perpetuo). His populist and authoritarian reforms angered the elites, who began to conspire against him. On the Ides of March (15 March), 44 BC, Caesar was assassinated by a group of rebellious senators led by Brutus and Cassius, who stabbed him to death. A new series of civil wars broke out and the constitutional government of the Republic was never fully restored. Caesar's great-nephew and adopted heir Octavian, later known as Augustus, rose to sole power after defeating his opponents in a civil war. Octavian set about solidifying his power, and the era of the Roman Empire began.

Caesar was an accomplished author and historian as well as a statesman; much of his life is known from his own accounts of his military campaigns. Other contemporary sources include the letters and speeches of Cicero and the historical writings of Sallust. Later biographies of Caesar by Suetonius and Plutarch are also important sources. Caesar is considered by many historians to be one of the greatest military commanders in history. His cognomen was subsequently adopted as a synonym for "Emperor"; the title "Caesar" was used throughout the Roman Empire, giving rise to modern cognates such as Kaiser and Tsar. He has frequently appeared in literary and artistic works, and his political philosophy, known as Caesarism, inspired politicians into the modern era.

It is the right of war for conquerors to treat those whom they have conquered according to their pleasure.

--Julius Caesar

The difference between a republic and an empire is the loyalty of one's army.

--Julius Caesar

It's only hubris if I fail.

--Julius Caesar

I wished my wife to be not so much as suspected. Common traditional saying: Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.

--Julius Caesar

The Celts were fearless warriors because they wish to inculcate this as one of their leading tenets, that souls do not become extinct, but pass after death from one body to another.

--Julius Caesar

Our men must win or die. Pompey's men have... other options.

--Julius Caesar

I believe that the members of my family must be as free from suspicion as from actual crime.

--Julius Caesar

All Gaul is divided into three parts.

--Julius Caesar

Longer Version:

All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called Celts, in ours Gauls, the third.


Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look.

--Julius Caesar

In war trivial causes produce momentous events.

--Julius Caesar

No music is so charming to my ear as the requests of my friends, and the supplications of those in want of my assistance.

--Julius Caesar

It is the custom of the immortal gods to grant temporary prosperity and a fairly long period of impunity to those whom they plan to punish for their crimes, so that they may feel it all the more keenly as a result of the change in their fortunes.

--Julius Caesar

War gives the right to the conquerors to impose any condition they please upon the vanquished.

--Julius Caesar

The things that we want we willingly believe, and the things that we think we expect everyone else to think.

--Julius Caesar

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

--Julius Caesar

I am going to Spain to fight an army without a general, and thence to the East to fight a general without an army.

--Julius Caesar

Avoid an unusual and unfamiliar word just as you would a reef.

--Julius Caesar

All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures.

--Julius Caesar

It is better to suffer once than to be in perpetual apprehension.

--Julius Caesar

Men's minds tend to fear more keenly those things that are absent.

--Julius Caesar

He conquers twice, who shows mercy to the conquered.

--Julius Caesar

Wine and other luxuries have a tendency to enervate the mind and make men less brave in battle.

--Julius Caesar

In war, important events result from trivial causes.

--Julius Caesar

The die has been cast.

--Julius Caesar

I love treason but hate a traitor.

--Julius Caesar

To win by strategy is no less the role of a general than to win by arms.

--Julius Caesar

I would rather be the first man in a barbarian village than the second man in Rome.

--Julius Caesar

We have not to fear anything, except fear itself.

--Julius Caesar

A coward dies a thousand deaths, the gallant never tast of death but once.

--Julius Caesar

If I fail it is only because I have too much pride and ambition.

--Julius Caesar

Without training, they lacked knowledge. Without knowledge, they lacked confidence. Without confidence, they lacked victory.

--Julius Caesar

Which death is preferably to every other? The unexpected.

--Julius Caesar

I have always reckoned the dignity of the republic of first importance and preferable to life.

--Julius Caesar

It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.

--Julius Caesar

Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through very slight forces.

--Julius Caesar

I came, I saw, I conquered.

--Julius Caesar

As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can.

--Julius Caesar

I have lived long enough to satisfy both nature and glory.

--Julius Caesar

Caesar's wife must be above suspicion.

--Julius Caesar

Men willingly believe what they wish.

--Julius Caesar

It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.

--Julius Caesar

Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.

--Julius Caesar

In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.

--Julius Caesar

Men are nearly always willing to believe what they wish.

--Julius Caesar

Cowards die many times before their actual deaths.

--Julius Caesar

It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.

--Julius Caesar

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.

--Julius Caesar

No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected.

--Julius Caesar

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