My history hero: Julius Caesar (100–44 BC)

"Caesar realised the importance of good public relations and of 'putting out' the right story about himself, even if the story he told didn't necessarily bear much relation to the facts", Nick Knowles tells York Membery...

Front and profile views of the bust of Roman dictator Julius Caesar (c50 BC) on display in the British Museum. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the July 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine 

A brilliant military leader who inspired great loyalty among his troops, Julius Caesar conquered Gaul, forced advancing Germanic tribes back after building a bridge over the Rhine river, and invaded Britain twice. In 49 BC, his army crossed the Rubicon river to take Rome and, following campaigns in Asia Minor, Africa and Spain, he governed the city as a dictator. After implementing a number of wide-ranging reforms, including the introduction of the Julian calendar, Caesar was assassinated by Brutus and Cassius on the Ides (15th) of March, 44 BC.

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