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By Michael Lovano

Julius Caesar's lifestyles and instance have interested and stimulated generations of individuals for almost 2,000 years. This e-book explores the folks, locations, occasions, and associations that helped outline arguably the main recognized person within the background of Rome.

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82 BCE Sulla scores his final victory in November and commences the proscriptions. 81 BCE Sulla becomes dictator of Rome and fails to intimidate Caesar into divorcing Cornelia. 81–78 BCE Caesar spends time away from Italy to distance himself from Sulla’s wrath. In Asia Minor, he serves in the Roman military with distinction. 78 BCE Sulla dies of illness. 78–77 BCE Lepidus the Elder rebels against the Senate but fails in the end against armies under Catulus the Younger and Pompey. 77 BCE Caesar prosecutes Cn.

Caesar had gone there in 69 BCE to serve as quaestor, that is, financial officer, for the governor of southern Spain (Further Spain, as Romans called it). His commander sent him on a tour of local communities to collect taxes for Rome. According to the Imperial biographer Suetonius, Caesar paid homage to one of the local gods, Melqart, whom the Romans knew as Hercules, on his official visit to the city of Cádiz (Gades to the Romans). Inside the temple to this deity, his guides showed Caesar a statue of Alexander the Great.

Caesar and his lieutenants rallied all the Roman troops but daringly concentrated forces where the Gauls from inside and outside were hitting hardest, especially northwest of the hill fort. The Gallic warriors gravitated to that point when they saw Caesar personally involved; inspired by their commander’s presence, his own men surrounded and slaughtered the Gallic force, including the war chief Vercassivellaunus, a relation of Vercingetorix. In the aftermath of this defeat, the remaining Gauls outside Alesia withdrew and those inside decided to surrender their weapons and themselves the next day; Caesar assigned the prisoners as hostages under the guard of his own men, Vercingetorix especially to be held for future display in Caesar’s triumphant return to Rome.

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