Interesting facts about Caesar

Posted on Nov 24, 2022      226

The entire world knows the name of Gaius Julius Caesar, the famous ruler of ancient Rome. This brilliant man came to power on his own, and was quite loved by the people, but fell victim to treachery. He spent many years of his life in military campaigns, but also succeeded in politics, climbing to unreachable heights.

Facts from Caesar’s biography

  • During his life, Gaius Julius Caesar spent over eight years in what is now Switzerland, France, Belgium, Germany, and Great Britain in the Gallic War, annexing a vast territory from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rhine River to the Roman Republic.
  • The medical term “caesarean section” was named after Julius Caesar, who was believed to have been born by it. But historians doubt this - there is no evidence.
  • The words “king” and “kaiser” are actually a distorted and changed “Caesar.”
  • As a young man, Caesar was captured by pirates who demanded ransom for him. However, he was offended by the amount the kidnappers demanded, claiming he was worth twice as much. And after paying the ransom, he borrowed his uncle’s fleet, tracked down these pirates, and destroyed them.
  • Gaius Julius Caesar started wearing the famous laurel wreath on his head all the time after he started losing his hair. He was very ashamed of his balding head.
  • When he was 16, he married for the first time, but the palace intrigues of the dictator of the Roman Republic, Sulla, who insisted that the marriage be dissolved, forced Caesar to flee. He refused to dissolve the marriage, although such disobedience was punishable by death in those days. Eventually, the disgraced Gaius Julius was pardoned. He later married a granddaughter of Sulla. He was married three times.
  • The month of July was named after Caesar. In fact, the name “July” is derived from the name “Julius”.
  • Contrary to popular belief, he was never emperor of Rome. Caesar held the titles of consul and dictator for life.

  • Caesar and Cleopatra had a son, whom the Egyptian queen named Caesarion. But he was killed, so there are no direct descendants of the grand commander.
  • The popular rumor after Caesar’s murder claimed that the traitor Brutus was, in fact, the dictator’s illegitimate son.
  • According to historians, Caesar fought off the assassins until he saw Brutus in their numbers. It was then that he exclaimed the famous “And you, Brutus!” after which he ended his resistance.
  • When Julius Caesar felt that he might be enraged, he would recite the entire Latin alphabet to himself and then speak. He used this time to calm down.
  • Once Caesar forged law collections “Annales” by Tacitus and “Commentaries of Kings” by Numa, inserting in the procedure's text, which did not exist before I B.C. (duoviri perduellionis, or high treason), in order to accuse and convict Gaius Rabirius for a plot against people’s tribune Saturninus, who was killed in 100 B.C. However, Caesar failed - Rabirius was protected by a famous speaker Cicero, who acquitted him.
  • In ancient Rome, the year was counted from the first of March. It was under Julius Caesar that the beginning of the calendar was shifted to the first of January.
  • It was by order of the Roman dictator that the concept of a leap year was introduced, which is used today.
  • Historians claim that Caesar could actually be able to do up to three things at once.
  • Caesar salad has nothing to do with Julius Caesar. It is named after Caesar Cardini, the American chef of Italian descent, who invented the recipe.
  • The main pig in Orwell’s dystopia Animal Farm is named Napoleon. But in the first edition of the story in France, the pig had a unique name, Caesar. In subsequent translations, the original name was given back to the pig. Now in France, by the way, it is forbidden by law to give a pig the name “Napoleon”.
  • There is no historical evidence that Gaius Julius Caesar consumed alcohol. And no one has ever seen him drunk.
  • In ancient Rome, staging of real sea battles on real warships in specially filled with water amphitheaters or artificial reservoirs, which were called navmakhia, was often arranged. The first navmakhia, known to historians, was organized by Julius Caesar on the occasion of his triumph - 2000 prisoners of war and 4000 oarsmen were involved in it.
  • As he stepped off the ship onto the African shore, the general stumbled and fell face down, which frightened his superstitious soldiers. Caesar, however, was not confused and, grabbing handfuls of sand, exclaimed: “I have you in my hands, Africa!” Later, he and his army triumphantly conquered Egypt.
  • The conspirators, killing Caesar, inflicted 29 wounds on him, and immediately after the murder they hastily burned his body, making a bonfire of benches and tables that were at their hand.
  • According to Gaius Julius Caesar’s will, each citizen of Rome received three hundred sesterces from his fortune. It was a lot of money, even for the patricians.
  • All his life, Caesar not only shaved his face thoroughly but also waxed his body hair. The practice was widespread among Romans.

  • Not everyone knows that the famous dictator was also a writer. He wrote poetry and satirical prose, and serious historical works.
  • Gaius Julius Caesar suffered from periodic attacks of epilepsy, which in Rome was called “the divine disease”. He once lost consciousness during a battle he commanded.
  • Octavian, who came to power after his murder, stole his name and called himself Gaius Julius Caesar. But history has put everything in its place.
  • Almost immediately after his assassination, an unusually bright comet was seen in the sky, even during the day. People whispered it was the dictator’s soul going to heaven.
  • Caesar’s writings are considered classics of ancient Roman literature, and even now, two thousand years later, they are used to teaching Latin.

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