I’ve always adored history, but one of the most fascinating persons from history for me has been Gaius Julius Caesar.
Julius Caesar was born on July 13, 100 BCE and died on March 15, 44 BCE, or on the Ides.
A lot of legends swirl around this historical figure. He was rumored to be descended from Venus (a rumor I think he started). As a young man, he was kidnapped by pirates and vowed to return to kill every one of them after ransom was paid. He kept his word on that one. He was a brilliant military tactician, and he had enough charisma to sway the Plebs and many others. Seutonius wrote he was a man to every lady and a lady to every man.
He was practically unknown until 60 BCE when he jumped into the political spotlight. That’s right. He was forty when he got into politics and launched his fast-pace career.
Of course, he is most famous for the way he died by assassination. Although Shakespeare did him a disservice when he said Julius Caesar’s last words were “Et tu, Brute” (Latin for “And you, Brutus”). According once again to Seutonius, his last words were more likely “Kai su, to tekon” or “And you, my child” in Ancient Greek.
If I could meet one person in history, he’d be near the top of my list.