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Short Introduction and Background Setting

I have painted a picture of this remarkable personality, which I believe correctly resolves many of the mysteries concerning his early and later life. Read and see a Caesar as he truly was, not the power hungry madman bent on world domination as history has painted him, but the naive and altruistic young Patrician who assisted by four magnificent women would try and almost succeed in bringing a barbarous and cruel world, shaped by greed and retribution, justice and freedom.

The times were similar to our own: a superpower on the brink of falling to pieces, because of the greed and folly of its leaders and leading citizens; a barbarous and splintered world of backward countries whose citizens were the pawns of wealthy and powerful warlords; a world of the many crying out for help against the avarice and gluttony of the few.

Enter the Caesars, an old and distinguished Patrician family tied to the Champion of the People's party, Caius Marius, a self made man, of poor origins, and in his own way a genius, but an erratic and eccentric one. He was a kind and sympathetic man in many ways, but also a man given to drink and excesses; a man who achieved the supreme power of the state, but was often savage when the mood and a cup of wine persuaded him in that course; a man who could hold a grudge, and never forgave an enemy or a slight to his vanity. This was the man that the young Caesar’s aunt Julia had married, and learned to handle for over fifty years.

And so it would turn out, one of Marius's Generals, Lucius Sulla, himself a vain and arrogant Patrician would challenge old Marius; in fact send him into a traumatic exile of sorts. But the old man survived and returned with the vengeance of a rabid dog, slaughtering the followers of Sulla (the Sullans) without mercy. The old man and his People's party (the Marians, as they were called) got the upper hand and Sulla lost Rome, but Marius at over age seventy finally drank himself to death. The People's party was now in the hands of Lucius Cinna a character more wise, but less street smart than old Marius, a man of idealistic temperament, but no soldier to match the cunning or wrath of the vengeful Sulla who was now returning.

Here we first meet the young Caesar, himself a Patrician, but raised in the shadow of his uncle Caius Marius. A scholar and intellectual brought up by Aurelia, his mother, to the standards of the ancient Greeks of the golden age. A boy of strong and perceptive will, molded to the ways of the Athenian citizen soldiers; a first rate horseman, who Marius had taken under his wing, a boy who had experienced first hand the effects of vengeance and retribution, lust for power and greed, on his family and the Nation he loved; a boy bred to serve, his Nation, Rome, and humanity as the ancient Greek philosophers had taught.

Meet also the beautiful Cornelia, Cinna's daughter, a girl of beauty, charm and a will that would compliment that of the husband she would dedicate her life to. Together, she and Caius would share a love the likes of which few in this world would experience.

Now the scene is set, read more about Politics in Caesar's time, and Caesar and Cornelia's plan.



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Rostra
Rostra

Originally Published:

October 11, 2007

Revised:

March 6, 2017