Imperator: Sword of Julius Caesar
The world may never know a military man like Julius Caesar again; Brilliant, confident, charismatic and seemingly invincible in the field of battle. Caesar forever changed the Roman Empire in his short four-year stint as "Dictator for Life," and after his death was raised to divinity by the Roman Senate that had murdered him. Ironic, for more reasons than the obvious. Especially since Caesar claimed that he came from divinity, citing the Goddess Venus and the greek war hero Aeneas as his ancestors.
As a young military officer, Caesar showed great promise. He rose quickly through the ranks, and would have risen even more quickly if not for an unfortunate kidnapping by pirates. Even after being kidnapped and taken on board the pirate ship, Caesar kept his head and his confidence. When he overheard one of the pirate officers say that they could get 20 Gold pieces as ransom, Caesar allegedly laughed and said the he was worth at least 50.
After serving as Governor in Spain for a few years, Caesar's reputation was truly made in Gaul, where he spent many years battling the German "Barbarians" and expanding Rome's territory into what is now France and Belgium. With his victories in the Gallic Wars, Caesar gained an enormous amount of support from the common people (plebes) or Rome, and rode this swell of admiration by chasing away his rival (and friend) Pompey from the city, crushing Pompey's army in a civil war, and dissolving the Roman Republic. Despite this many of the people still loved him and his death at the hand's of the Roman senate four years later was cause for great mourning.
One of Caesar's most longstanding quotes came from a short battle he had with Pharnaces, a troublesome former ally of Rome. Pharnaces defeated a Roman force and began a land grab in Greece, Caesar decided to take care of the problem himself. He rushed to meet Pharnaces with amazing speed, not giving the leader time to fully prepare his forces. Caesar made quick work of Pharnaces then sent back a letter to Rome syaing simply "Veni, Vidi, Vinci"; I came. I saw. I Conquered.
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