Caesar is widely thought to be the most famous Roman of all. Born to a patrician but not especially prominent family in 100 BCE, he went on to become a leading senator, general, and finally dictator, before falling victim to a conspiracy against his life in March 44 BCE. His career may be divided into several distinct stages:

100-61 BCE. As a young man Caesar was influenced by relatives from the Aurelian family, who were followers of Sulla, and by his aunt's husband Marius, the great general who entered the senate as a “new man” (homo novus), the first of his family to hold public office at Rome, but eventually held an unprecedented seven consulships. When civil war developed between Marius and Sulla, the Julian family was placed in a difficult position. Following the death of Marius

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Citation: Stevenson, Thomas Reginald. "Julius Caesar". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 July 2009 [, accessed 05 March 2024.]

12547 Julius Caesar 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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