Timeline and Events in the Life of Caesar

Caesar's life was full of drama and adventure. At the end of his life, by which time he had taken charge of Rome, there was one last earth-shattering event, the assassination. Here are some reference materials and other resources on the events in the life of Julius Caesar.

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List of major dates and events in the life of Julius Caesar.

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Caesar and the Pirates

Cutter's Island
Cutter's Island. PriceGrabber
In Vincent Panella's first novel, Cutter's Island, Julius Caesar is captured and held for ransom by a group of pirates with a grudge against Rome.

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Pompey. Clipart.com

Normal Romans exerted power in Rome by being part of the Senate and especially by being elected consul. There were two annual consuls. Caesar helped devise a method whereby 3 men could share this power: Along with Crassus and Pompey, Caesar was part of the First Triumvirate.

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Lucan Pharsalia (aka "The Civil War")

Pharsalus. Clipart.com
Lucan's "Pharsalia" was left (probably) unfinished upon his death, coincidentally breaking off at almost the exact same point where Julius Caesar broke off in his commentary "On the Civil War."

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Picture of Caesar at Turin
Picture of Caesar at Turin. CC Flickr User keepwaddling1
In 60 B.C., Julius Caesar was entitled to a lavish triumphal procession through the streets of Rome. Even Caesar's enemy Cato agreed that his victory in Spain was worthy of the highest military honor. But Julius Caesar decided against it.

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Massilia and Julius Caesar 49 B.C.

In 49 B.C. Julius Caesar, with Trebonius as his second-in-command, captured Massilia (Marseilles), a city in Gaul (in modern France) that had allied itself with Pompey and, it thought, Rome.

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Assassination of Caesar
Assassination of Caesar, by Vincenzo Camucini. Elessar
On the Ides of March (or March 15), 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was assassinated, at the foot of a statue of Pompey where the Senate was meeting.

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Julius Caesar Crossing the Rubicon
Julius Caesar Crossing the Rubicon. Clipart.com
When Caesar crossed the Rubicon River, civil war began in Rome, as he knew it would.

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In the Steps of Julius Caesar

The Roman Curia or Senate
Curia Roman Senate. Judith Geary
Guest writer Judith Geary follows in the steps of Julius Caesar as she recreates the route he took on that fateful Ides of March.