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This blog is an attempt to cover some of our past trips throughout the world.

Julius Caesar

 

We have to acknowledge Julius Caesar for his contribution to the name of our site. He was a great Roman  general, dictator and traveler.

In 47 B.C.Caesar defeated Pharnaces of Pontus near the town of Zela. (currently in Turkey ) and claimed to have captured the enemy in 4 hours. To inform the Senate of his victory, Caesar succinctly wrote: 

veni, vidi, vici’      =      ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’

 

Brief history lesson on the joy of traveling in Ancient Rome:

100 B.C.: Julius Caesar, future world traveler, was born on July 13.

86 B.C.: Caesar left Rome for his first international travel, military service in Asia.

78 B.C.: Caesar went to sunny Rhodes to study oratory, but on his way his cruise ship  was captured by pirates. After he was freed, Julius arranged to have the pirates executed.

61 B.C.: Caesar is made governor of Spain, a great tourist destination.

58 B.:C. Caesar started his Northern tour, successfully conquering the Gallic tribes and became governor of Gaul (future France).

54 B.C.: Caesar was the first Roman tourist who crossed the English Channel and led a three-month trip to Britain.

48 B.C.: Julius Caesar assumed the title of dictator for life and spent some time in Rome.

47 B.C.: Caesar  started his African tour, landing  in Alexandria ,Egypt where he supported Queen Cleopatra’s right to the throne. He cruised on the Nile with Cleopatra to the southern boundary of her kingdom.

44 B.C.:  On March15, a day known as the Ides of March, senators, claiming they feared Julius Caesar was aiming to become king, stabbed him to death.

 Julius Caesar and the  Queen Cleopatra, had a living son born abroad, Caesarion. He was never officially acknowledged or  sponsored  so he couldn’t get the Roman citizenship.

Julius Caesar adopted a great nephew, Octavian, in his will. He  became the first Roman emperor, Augustus, who dramatically enlarged the Empire, developed network of roads and  many new tourist destinations.

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