Julius Caesar Facts

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When in Rome Research Assignment
#1.Romulus and Remus are twin sons of the god Mars. They were abandoned when they were babies. A female wolf found them and nursed them. They are important to Rome because they are the mythological founders of Rome. Remus died at the hands of Romulus in a fight to be king (Trueman). #3.The chief god in ancient Rome was Jupiter (Zeus). He was the god of the skies. His symbol is the lightning bolt and the eagle (Sheldon). #4.Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River because he didn’t want to get prosecuted. Because he was a governor of Gaul, he was immune to being prosecuted; however the Senate feared he was becoming too powerful and ordered him to give up command of his army, resign as governor, and return to Rome. Caesar feared that if he were to do this, then his prosecution would be certain. By crossing the river, Caesar plunged the Roman Republic into a civil war. #5.Caesar was tall, handsome, skinny, but shapely, and he was balding. Caesar wore traditional Roman clothing such as the tunic and the toga; although his may have been made out of more expensive materials than a commoner (Tranqillus).

#6.The only family tie Caesar and Pompey shared was that Pompey married Caesar’s daughter, Julia. This tie broke down when Julia died in childbirth (Gill). #7.Julius Caesar was elected Pontifex Maximus (Gill).

#9.Caesar was fond of gladiators because they were crowd pleasers. Caesar wanted the people of Rome to like him so that he would become their ruler, so he held spectacular gladiator shows to please them. He used bread and circuses to gain popularity of the people. At these shows, he offered free entertainment and free bread to the poor people of Rome. #10.The Romans believed that the first city of Rome was founded in 753 BC (Cavazzi). #12.The fact that Shakespeare was born during the English Renaissance helped him because he was a popular dramatist. His literary work shows the mark of the education offered at the Stratford...
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