Hi, as I told you last week, I’m going to tell you about an idea that is widespread around the world and yet totally false. This is certainly the most well-known popular belief about antiquity. It’s about Julius Caesar.
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If you ask someone “Who was Julius Caesar ? ”, chances are he will tell you that Caesar was a Roman emperor. Well, that’s not true, Caesar was not emperor but consul and then dictator. Julius Caesar was born in 100 BC and became consul in 59 BC by forming the triumvirate with Pompey and Crassus for a period of 10 years. He later became a dictator in 45 BC there for a period of 10 years. He died in 44 BC by 23 stabs at a Senate meeting. Among the assassins was Brutus. After his death, he will be cremated and then divinized and his name will give the month of “July”.
So, during his life, he never was emperor and that is normal because the title of “Roman emperor” did not yet exist. Let me explain. Julius Caesar, before his death, had appointed his adopted son Octavian Augustus as his successor. It was the latter who created the title of “Roman emperor” and who also created the Roman Empire. Augustus was the first emperor from -27 to 14. So, Julius Caesar was never emperor and knew only the Roman Republic and not the Empire.
I hope that you will have liked this short article and that now you will not make the mistake of saying that Julius Caesar was emperor. Next week’s article will be on Avitus: The Auvergnat Roman Emperor. See you next week!
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