The Life of Julius Caesar

Guess these facts about the life of the Roman leader Julius Caesar.
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Last updated: December 13, 2019
First submittedJanuary 11, 2017
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Conquered
He was assassinated on this day
The Ides of March
Most well-known of his assassins
Brutus
Caesar defied the Senate by crossing this river at the Italian border
Rubicon
What he said when deciding to do the above
The die is cast
Other members of the "First Triumvirate"
Pompey
Crassus
Grand-nephew of Caesar's who became the first emperor
Octavian
He conquered this region (modern day France and Belgium)
Gaul
He became the first Roman general to invade this island
Great Britain
His family was supposedly descended from this legendary Trojan prince
Aeneas
Playwright who wrote "Julius Caesar" in 1599
William Shakespeare
Person who served as his "Master of Horse" (second in command),
and who eulogized Caesar in the above play
Mark Antony
At age 37, Caesar was elected as this high Roman priest
Pontifex Maximus
He built a bridge across this river to cross into Germany
Rhine
He probably had a child with this Egyptian queen
Cleopatra
He reformed this. It was used in Europe without modifications until
Pope Gregory introduced slight changes in 1582.
The calendar
Title that he was given shortly before his assassination
Dictator for Life
His three wives (name any one)
Cornelia, Pompeia, or Calpurnia
His first name (not Julius)
Gaius
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Level 81
Jan 11, 2017
Alea iacta est. Veni vidi vici. Those are so much easier in Latin, for some reason to think of them in any other language is weird.
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Level 83
Jan 12, 2017
Since I know the Latin and French versions, I allowed myself to look that up.
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Level 65
Mar 15, 2017
Who is it in the press that calls on me?

I hear a tongue shriller than all the music

Cry "Caesar!" Speak, Caesar is turn'd to hear.

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Level 83
Mar 16, 2017
When did he invent the Caesar salad?
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Level 75
Aug 1, 2017
Around the same time he invented the Caesarian Section for childbirth. He delivered a baby then sat down for a nice salad.
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Level 26
Aug 24, 2017
Good one !
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Level 83
Nov 21, 2017
sounds unsanitary
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Level 86
Aug 8, 2018
The caesarean section is named after him. Allegedly that's how he was born.
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Level 75
Jan 15, 2020
^ this is likely a myth - c-sections were being performed under the same name well before Caesar's birth and Caesar's mother was unlikely to have given birth to him by C-section as it is thought that she lived for another ~45 years after his birth (at the time C-sections always used to kill the mother).
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Level 62
Mar 15, 2022
Yeah, in Latin "caesar" means "to cut". The dictator was from the Caesar wing of the Julius family. Most likely they were named after an ancestor who had been delivered by c-sections, which as roleybob alluded to was a desperate measure the doctors only attempted when the mother had already died in childbirth.
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Level 62
Mar 17, 2017
Anyone else type in gluteus?!
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Level 60
Aug 23, 2017
15th of march, but it did not take. Are the ides always the 15th I don't know
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2019
from wikipedia: "The Ides of March was a day in the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances and was notable for the Romans as a deadline for settling debts."
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Level 37
Nov 24, 2018
I wonder why the question about Cleopatra was phrased in that manner? - I thought that it is an undisputed fact that she had children by both Caeser and Marc Antony.
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2019
I have read probably 75% of Shakespeare's plays, and Julius Caesar is my favorite so far, by a wide margin. Mark Anthony's eulogy stands alone among thespian accomplishments.
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Level 37
Jul 23, 2019
^ Brando's rendition of the speech in the movie is truly heart wrenching.
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Level 67
Jul 23, 2019
Absolutely. I have always been so envious of people who got to see Daniel Day-Lewis or Anthony Hopkins do Shakespeare on stage, but at least we have Brando on film, and in one of Shakespeare's best roles (arguably his best, in my opinion). I also really love Damian Lewis's rendition of the speech.
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Level 55
Mar 16, 2022
There's a pretty good Damian Lewis version on Youtube
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Level 65
Jul 23, 2019
Can't help it, but Great Britain is nog an island. It is a country spread over 2 islands. I'd asume that the part he invaded had it's own specific name, that one island.
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Level 84
Jul 23, 2019
You are incorrect. "Great Britain is an island separated from the European mainland by the English Channel and North Sea. It comprises the nations of England, Scotland and Wales."
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Level 67
Sep 24, 2019
Are you serious??
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Level 23
Mar 15, 2022
Great Britain is the island.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the UK for short, is the country.

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Level 67
Jul 23, 2019
If there are any other crossword fiends here, you should look up the weeklong crossword construction based on "the die is cast" that Patrick Berry did for the New York Times a few years ago. It's as close to artistry as crossword puzzles can get, and it's a staggering accomplishment.
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Level 35
Mar 16, 2022
Gladly. Do you have a link?
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Level 27
Oct 21, 2020
I think it's overly pedantic not to accept England or the UK for "he became the first Roman general to invade this island".
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Level 57
Dec 4, 2020
Neither describe the island
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Level 55
Mar 16, 2022
And England itself didn't exist for another 800 years.
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Level 65
Jan 10, 2021
Isn't Cassius just as famous as Brutus? The devil eats both of them in the Divine Comedy and he was the one who planned the assassination.
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Level 26
Mar 19, 2022
But Brutus was the one who actually killed him
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Level 38
Jul 19, 2021
Please accept "praised da lord" for the first answer.
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Level 66
Mar 15, 2022
Somewhere out the is a bottle of Caesar salad dressing with an expiration date of March 15.
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Level 66
Mar 15, 2022
Caius should be accepted for his first name.
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Level 59
Mar 16, 2022
14
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Level 53
Mar 16, 2022
Please accept 'GB' for 'Great Britain'.