A short biography of the great man himself written as a set of quick notes which can be added to and modified….
Damned lucky to have escaped with his life during his youth as his name was written on Silla’s proscription lists as one of Marius’ supporters. He was spared by intercession of many contacts and friends. Silla remarked Caesar’s abilities and future: there’s many a Marius in Caesar…
Bit of a “dandy”, regarded as excessively effeminate by some although certainly not lacking in courage and indeed participating actively in battles that might be going the wrong way. A variety of epithets attest to him as being quite a libertine and he never quite shook off the rather negative suspicion of having been a foreign king’s toy-boy in his youth.
Had little problem with taking on a wife and switching for another acording to need and political convenience. Cold political calculation dictated whom he chose to keep close by.
Cried on a couple of notable occasions: The first being before a statue of Alexander the Great and noting that by his age Alexander had already conquered much of the East. The second notable time was when he was handed the head of Pompey, treacherously taken on a beach in Egypt.
He was subject to some epileptic fits, which were at the time regarded as a divine sign (ie your body being possessed during the crisis).
He was lean and tall, extremely fit and every bit able to go through the same hardships as his men.
An intellectual and very capable all-rounder. A genius of military tactics. Perhaps less wise in his belief that by handing out forgiveness he would receive gratitude, friendship and subservience.
His anxiety to take the crown of king could be said to have been his undoing. Augustus his adoptive son and successor learnt from the error and did everything to make sure he never appeared to want absolute power.
He was in continuous financial debt and more than once close to bankruptcy. His endless need for cash and financing was resolved by a good string of successes combined with political ability: Success in Spain in his early days, friendship with Crassus, Success in Gaul, Power over Egypt and relationship with Cleopatra (the richest woman of the time).
He had a son with Cleopatra and was really quite taken by her although it would be difficult to say whether he was in love with her as such. Certainly Cleopatra’s womanly and intellectual charms combined with her consummate acting and political skills had a strong hold over Caesar. Furthermore she was half his age at the time.
Extremely courageous as well as lucky. His narrow escape during battle in Alexandria when he only had 4000 men with him and attempted to take the island of Faro (on which the lighthouse stood) echoes to this day: he was forced to swim for his life, with papers in hand it is said.
julius caesar: Intro and start to Julius Caesar’s career.
Julius Caesar: Julius Caesar reaches greatest power and tragic death.
Julius Caesar Life: Caesar’s life and achievements in dates
Julius Caesar Death: Caesar’s assassination.
Julius Caesar Supernatural Events: bizarre events such as the ides of march and heartless cows.
Biography Julius Caesar JC’s Curriculum Vitae