People in the Life of Caesar

What it must have been like to know this great man! By all accounts, Caesar was a lady's man with an appeal to men, as well, and capable of inspiring his soldiers to follow him into an act of treason. Here are some of the important people whose lives were touched by Julius Caesar.

In addition to those featured below, here are links to Plutarch and short bios of people in the life of Caesar:

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Augustus (Octavian)

Octavian - Future Roman Emperor Augustus
Octavian - Future Roman Emperor Augustus.

Augustus and Julius Caesar Augustus (aka Gaius Octavius or C. Julius Caesar Octavianus) became the first Roman emperor mainly because he had been adopted by Julius Caesar. Caesar is often referred to as Augustus' uncle. What was the exact relationship between Caesar and Augustus?

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Marble bust of Pompey
DEA / A. DAGLI ORTI / Getty Images

Part of the first triumvirate with Caesar, Pompey was known as the great. One of his accomplishments was ridding the area of pirates. He is also known for snatching the victory over the slaves led by Spartacus out from under the hands of Crassus, the third member of the triumvirate.

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Crassus at the Louvre
Crassus at the Louvre. PD Courtesy of cjh1452000

The third and very wealthy member of the first triumvirate, Crassus, whose relations with Pompey were not exactly cordial after Pompey took the credit for putting down the Spartacan revolt, were held together by Julius Caesar, but when Crassus was killed fighting in Asia, the remaining coalition fell apart.

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The October Horse

So-called "Brutus". Marble, Roman artwork, 30–15 B.C. From the Tiber, Rome. National Museum of Rome – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. PD Courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen, at Wikipedia

Book review by Irene Hahn of the last of the Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series, featuring Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Octavian, Cato, Lepidus, Trebonius, Brutus, and Cassius.

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Cleopatra - Pharaoh, by Karen Essex

Bas relief fragment portraying Cleopatra

It begins with the dramatic moment when Cleopatra, rolled in a carpet, returns from exile in order to intrigue with Julius Caesar.

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Sulla. Glyptothek, Munich, Germany
Sulla. Glyptothek, Munich, Germany. CC Bibi Saint-Pol at Wikimedia

Sulla was a fearful despot in Rome, but a young Caesar stood up to him when Sulla ordered him to divorce his wife.

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"Marius". Public Domain. Courtesy of Wikipedia

Marius was Caesar's uncle by marriage to his aunt Julia, who died in 69 B.C. Marius and Sulla were on opposing political sides although they had started out fighting on the same side in Africa.

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Stater of Vercingetorix (72 B.C.-46 B.C.), chieftain of the Arverni.
Stater of Vercingetorix (72 B.C.-46 B.C.), chieftain of the Arverni. At the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons.

Vincingetorix may be familiar from the Asterix the Gaul comic books. He was a valiant Gaul who stood up to Julius Caesar during the ​Gallic Wars, showing that the shaggy tribesmen could be just as brave as a civilized Roman.