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The impact of Julius Caesar's reign on the people of Rome.

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The impact of Julius Caesar's reign on the people of Rome.

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Julius Caesar is perhaps one of the most famous Roman generals and statesmen throughout history; now a household name. He was in government between the formation of the 'First Triumvirate' in 60BC and his assassination in 44BC. Caesar brought about the effective end of the Republic, creating much of the Empire through conquest, particularly in Gaul. He defeated many of his rivals and opposition and gave the state time and effort in order to make Rome a better place. As a dictator, Caesar initiated a series of political and social reforms, relieving the state of hardships and creating stability. Caesar was popular among the people of Rome due to the developments of Rome, but remained unpopular within the Senate as he did not consult them before making decisions. Caesar was also involved in a series of civil wars, ranging from locations in Spain, Greece and even Africa; making short infrequent visits back to Rome over a four year period. Caesar was seen to be a difficult but effective leader of Rome and was one of the most successful in his time.

Gaius Julius Caesar was born in Rome on July 12 in 100BC as the child of Aurelia and Gaius Caesar. He was raised in an understated apartment building in a suburban, lower class area of Rome. The Caesar family would not have been seen as rich by the standard to Romans, until his aunt Julia married Gaius Marius (a general and a reformer of the Roman army and also one of the richest men in Rome). It was then that the Caesar family gained wealth. Marius got into a series of arguments with another general, Sulla, which led to a civil war, and eventually Sulla's dictatorship. Caesar was bound to Marius through family connections and the fact that he was also married to the daughter of a supporter of Marius's. Caesar was forced to leave the country once Marius and his father died, but Sulla pardoned him and allowed him back. According to Suetonius, Sulla said about Caesar: "He whose life you so much desire will one day be the...