Gaius Julius Caesar was born into the Julian family, which claimed to trace its roots back to Aeneas, a prince claimed in myth to be the son of the goddess Venus. He served in the military starting at the age of 20, and quickly moved up in the ranks. He was proclaimed dictator for life after winning a civil war against Pompey and the Roman Senate. However, his centralization of the declining Republic, and the subsequent weakening of the government, led his friends to form a plan to assassinate him and save the Republic.
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This Week's Birthdays
E.B. White -- July 11, 1899
American essayist whose works ranged from satire to children's fiction.
Read Charlotte's Web by E.B. White at BookDaily.
Henry D. Thoreau -- July 12, 1817
American poet and essayist best known for the autobiographical Walden.
Read Walden by Henry D. Thoreau at BookDaily.
Pablo Neruda -- July 12, 1904
Chilean poet and diplomat, winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Read Intimacies: Poems of Love by Pablo Neruda at BookDaily.
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