The Cross of the Rubicon River

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In 86 B.C, he sought election to public office, though the position he was given was that of an archaic priesthood and nevertheless held no power. In 84 B.C he got married to Cornelia, daughter of Lucius Cornelius Cinna thus strengthening his radical side, but was given the order to divorce her on the order of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, who was an enemy of the radicals. Instead of divorcing his wife, Caesar prudently enrolled himself into military service in places like Cilicia and Asia.His wife died shortly after he was elected as quaestor and during the funeral orations, he performed a purely political maneuver, he took the opportunity of praising both his uncle Cinna and also his father- in – law Marius. Later, he married Pompeia who was a close relative of Pompey. Soon after, in 65 B.C. Caesar was duly elected as a curule aedile, in 63 B.C. as a pontifex Maximus and in 62 B.C as a praetor. Gradually, Caesar created a stamp for himself as a political figure.After a scandal took place, Caesar divorced Pompeia and the following year when he went to Rome, he joined sides with Pompey and Crassus and thus formed the first triumvirate. Caesar’s alliance with Pompey was further solidified when Pompey took the hand of Julia, Caesar’s only child in marriage.During the year 59 B.C. went up a step on the political ladder by being elected as consul and that same year he got married to Calpurnia. The very next year Caesar was given the post of the Governor of Roman Gaul. The following eight years saw many conquests by Caesar and finally, he was successful in conquering the Gallic Gaul in the North.However, the Senate ordered Caesar to lay down his command in 49 B.C. With the death of Crassus in 53 B.C, Pompey became the sole consul in 52 B.C. Finally, in 54 B.C when Pompey’s wife Julia died, the ties between Caesar and Pompey were severed forever.