|Gaius Julius Caesar|
|First appearance||S3E02: Wolves at the Gate|
|Last appearance||S3E10: Victory|
|Profession|| Roman Noble|
|Relationships|| Cornelia (Wife)|
Marcus Licinius Crassus
Tiberius (Ally/Rival/Rapist, deceased)
Mummius (Friend, deceased)
Rufus (Comrade, deceased)
Kore (Ally, deceased)
Nemetes (False Friend, deceased)
Gannicus (Archenemy, deceased)
Spartacus (Enemy, deceased)
Crixus (Enemy, deceased)
Canthara (Slave/Former Lover, deceased)
|Status||Victor of the Third Servile War, future Dictator of the Roman Republic|
Gaius Julius Caesar is a young rogue soldier from an esteemed lineage. He joins with Marcus Licinius Crassus as the devoted antagonist. His deadly intelligence and leadership will be brought to bear against the rebellion as he begins his ascent towards the all-powerful ruler he will one day become.
Caesar is a young man with blond hair and a muscular build. Unlike most Romans who are clean-shaven and have short hair, he has long hair and a beard as remnants of his last campaign and keeps them at the request of Crassus, to look more like a rebel in order to infiltrate the rebels camp as a spy in order to defeat Spartacus and his rebellion army. He is first seen in a simple robe but later wears the armor of a Roman officer. After retaking the city of Sinuessa En Valle Caesar trims his hair down as well as finally shaving off his beard, to appear more like a Roman Soldier.
Caesar is a complex character of various underlying traits, a brilliant but wild man. The Roman's animality does not hesitate to brutally assault his host's slaves, or cleave the head of a soldier he considers a coward. While hot-headed and ill-tempered at inconvenient moments, Caesar is considerably calculative with his machinations, and carries an impeccable charm. For all his wit and cleverness with words, is nickname is Silver Tongue, whose ability to speak to, deceive, and manipulate his opponents is legendary. Caesar's capacity for cleverness is only matched by his boundless ambitions, such as a ferocious appetite for wine and whores, as well as strong desires for political greatness.
Despite being a hardened soldier with an appearance of arrogance and violence, Caesar proves himself to be empathetic towards others in need, and does not like the sight of other Romans, particularly women, in pain. Despite his ambition, he is also very patriotic and cares deeply for the well being of Rome and its people. Caesar shares Crassus' belief in respecting warriors of great skill, even his own enemies, and never underestimates who he would come up against, such as the rebel leader Spartacus, to whom the Roman is impressed by his tactical abilities, as well as Gannicus' and Donar's noteworthy skills as warriors.
However, Caesar's swaggering behavior and arrogance also provokes the ire of others around him, such as Tiberius, whom engages in a bitter contest of favors against Caesar. However, his dauntless courage does not allow him to back down from any challenge, and his brash boldness even encourages it. When Tiberius challenges his authority, the unintimated Caesar's deems Crassus' son unworthy of his consideration, and taunts the boy at every turn with Caesar's successes and Tiberius' failures, further fueling the flames of their rivalry.
A soldier by profession, Caesar possesses formidable combat skills high above those of the average Roman soldier. He is able to match and overcome high-tier fighters. Caesar uses his cunning as a means of besting physically strong opponents and is quick to exploit weaknesses presented by his enemies to gain the upper hand. His swift and deadly skills, coupled with his incredible cunning are his greatest weapons. His combat skills allow him to face the strongest of rebels.
He is known for a number of victories against Mithridates and the Pontic Greeks, having possibly finished the campaign Glaber had been charged with at the beginning of Blood and Sand. He also has a history of insubordination in favor of proper tactics, having offended the senate by attacking Mithridates' allies without permission from his consul, justifying his actions by claiming that the province would have been lost if he had waited for the Senate's permission.
War of the DamnedCaesar is first seen growing impatient as he waits for Crassus, and assaulting the slaves in front of Crassus's wife as they attempt to prevent his departure. Crassus stops him and the two discuss the union of Caesar's proud name with Crassus's wealth. While relaxing in the baths he orders a slave to shave his beard but when she doesn't he asks her why she doesn't follow command, Kore arrives and tells Caesar that Crassus has ordered him to remain unshorn, after trading a few words he attempts to have sex with Kore as she waits upon him but is stopped by Crassus, who is having an affair with the slave.
Crassus informes him that Spartacus was a champion gladiator that rivaled any in the arena and fought in the auxiliary under Glaber and is familiar with Roman tactics and therefore knows what a proper Roman soilder will do, Caesar immediately sees an opportunity to twist the situation to their advantage and Crassus wishes that his son was so sharp of mind. He later taunts Tiberius about having to serve under him.He is later angry when Crassus names Tiberius his second, in spite of his lack of experience. Crassus however informs Caesar that he has set coin towards his election as military tribune, and the two reconcile. Caesar, with Tiberius and Sabinus arrive at Mummius' camp. Mummius takes Caesar away to have conversation over their experiences since they last met, leaving Tiberius and Sabinus to plan their moves against Spartacus.
After a survivor from Sinuessa arrives he informs them of how Spartacus and the rebels have taken the city the guard calls Spartacus "The Bringer of Death !" Caesar overhearing says the man must be equal in skill to Spartacus if he lived but when Caesar discovers that he fled in battle like a coward, he takes his sword and slices the guard through the head killing him instantly. Tiberius reminds Caesar that they are not equal in command, that Caesar is under his command. Caesar only grins and walks on.Caesar is later sent undercover into the rebels' army; the reason for which Crassus had asked him to keep his hair and beard. His identity becomes: Lysiscus, a former Pastore. After "proving" his loyalty to Spartacus' cause by killing another Roman, he is tested by Gannicus and proves to be very proficient with the sword, though still not the former gladiator's match but promises he will prove different in a future match, a quote that causes Gannicus and other rebels to laugh. He soon befriends Nemetes, sensing the man's discontentment over sparing the Romans and giving his coin to Spartacus. Nemetes tests him by raping Fabia, a Roman woman who has already been raped and brutally tortured by him and his allies. Caesar shows true compassion and reveals his status as a roman who was undercover to defeat the rebels. He attempts to persuade her to hold on awhile longer but she requests that he end her suffering and take her life. In an act that is both merciful and strategic, he kills her and uses it to incite Crixus and the others to kill all the remaining Romans, thereby turning Spartacus against him.
He is later seen spying on Spartacus as he leaves with Gannicus and a few others on Heracleo's ship. He informs Nemetes and Crixus of this, further inflaming the anger of Crixus, but when Spartacus returns and releases the Romans he watches quietly. When Spartacus commands the separation of his forces, Caesar encounters Nemetes, who follows a newly reconciled Crixus. After a short conversation, he kills Nemetes' friends and knocks Nemete himself to the ground after relieving him of his sword. He reveals his true name to the German, then attempts to kill him but stops when Nemetes begs for his life and says he would aid Caesar in killing Spartacus as he doesn't consider the man worthy of following. Caesar tells Nemetes his offer is much appreciated but says he has made other arrangements, he then slashes Nemetes' throat which causes him to fall off the plaza. Caesar watches as the German dies and once he does so he spits on his corpse and leaves.
When Heracleo traps Spartacus with a ship full of Romans, Caesar sneaks up on him and stabs Spartacus in the back and briefly battles Gannicus before knocked down. Taking advantage of Spartacus being distracted, Caesar takes several soldiers with him to open the gate and take back the city. At the gates, they battle Donar, Saxa and Agron who he reveals his true allegiance. He manages to put up a good fight against Agron as the other rebels block the gate by cutting the rope. Caesar throws pitch on the gate and sets it on fire but finds himself faced with all three rebels at once. After a tight struggle, he is overcome and knocked to the ground being taunted by Agron however Crassus's battering ram breaks through the burning gates and Caesar tells the shocked rebels to run.
As the three rebels look on in shock, Caesar reminds them of his suggestion to run as many soldiers break through aiding him in fighting the present rebels who retreat at the heavy number. When Crassus arrives, Caesar welcomes him to the city and kills many rebels alongside Crassus as the Romans retake the city. When they reached the gates of city leading to the Alps, they find Spartacus fighting as Caesar points him out as "The man you seek" and is the first to go after Spartacus when he flees. Following the battle, he finally shaves his beard and cuts his hair short. He is praised by Senator Metellus and praises Crassus in turn, though when the Senator leaves, both Crassus and Caesar express their disdain for the man. Caesar continually urges Crassus to go after Spartacus but admits his trust in him.
A celebration of victory is held in his honor and he attempts to reconcile with Tiberius who refuses him. The boy is later forced to publicly praise him but discreetly unchains Donar, who was captured by the Romans, as Tiberius hopes the rebel will kill him. When the rebels attacks him as he is grabbed by many soldiers, Caesar understands what is going on and has the soldiers halt. He then has Donar given a sword before he and the rebel clash, with Caesar, having far less success than the night before when he battled Agron and Donar simultaneously, but he discovers a weakness in Donar's wound and eventually defeats the former gladiator. He boasts upon his victory to his comrades before he commends Donar on his fighting but is insulted by the rebel who attempts to strike in anger. However, Donar has the last laugh and kills himself, robbing Caesar of the honor. While this would serve as a humiliation, Crassus steps in and states how even the strongest of the rebels take their own lives when faced with the power of Caesar.
After the celebration, Caesar happens upon the streets and spots a Cilician Pirate, questioning him where he came upon another slave as Heracleo was to be given only Laeta. It then becomes clear that it is Gannicus in disguise. Caesar and his nearby soldiers attempt to engage Gannicus, who is trying to escape with Laeta and Sibyl. Gannicus manages to best them all and injure Caesar. Caesar is seen later recovering from his wounds, and learning of their next move against Spartacus from Crassus.
As Spartacus and the Rebels are trapped within the snowy region of the mountains, Caesar recovers from his injuries in his chambers, aided with the loving affections of his prostitutes. Unbeknownst to Caesar, however, Crassus has not only reinstated Tiberius to his former ranking, but also positioned Caesar under the command of Tiberius. When Caesar learns of this, he is infuriated and suggests to the Imperator a much better placement within the army, but the determined Crassus would have none of it as he and Tiberius walk away, leaving Caesar to knock over a torch in anger.After the conversation, Caesar immediately encounters a lurking Kore, who overheard the conversation. A frustrated Caesar begins berating her when the body slave offers a deal to get even with Tiberius, whom Kore believes have harmed them both greatly, although Kore cannot directly state what her objective is. Uninterested, Caesar bluntly tells her to state her purpose, when Kore discloses her plan - to have Caesar escort her from Sinnuesa into the mountains, alongside Crassus. Caesar reluctantly agrees to the mission.
In the mountains, Caesar and Kore meet up with Crassus, who is not too pleased over her presence. Afterwards, Caesar is confronted by a hostile Tiberius, who heatedly asks demands Caesar as to why he isn't serving orders under his command, to which the amused Caesar smirks of Kore's arrival to the encampment. Later on, however, Kore disappears into the night, leading a frustrated Crassus to question Caesar's motives, to which Caesar replies he knew nothing of hers.
As Caesar, Tiberius, and Crassus lead a squadron to investigate the rebels hideout, they witness their ditch filled in by the frozen corpses of Rebels. The diversion turns out to be a trap set by Spartacus, as he and his rebels fire arrows on the Romans. Caesar and the other commanders escape harm, although not before the humiliation of defeat, as they retreat back to camp.
After a legion of Roman soldiers were defeated by Spartacus' rebels, Caesar witnesses Crassus' rage as the Imperator brutally attacks the senator Metellus. Caesar attempts to intervene but Tiberius cautions him and they watch in horror as Crassus beats him down. Caesar eventually calms Crassus down and the latter threatens the senator to keep quiet about his assault.
After Crixus splits from Spartacus's forces and moves towards Rome, Caesar vehemently demands that Crassus's army move to stop him, rather than continue to pursue Spartacus. Despite Caesar's immense frustration and concern for Rome's security, Crassus and Tiberius refuse. Worried by Crassus's increased stress over Kore's betrayal and his consequent loss of self-control, Caesar attempts to get Tiberius to reason with his father and calm him. Tiberius haughtily refuses, prompting Caesar to blackmail him over the suspected rape of Kore. He later learns the truth of it from one of his whores and challenges Tiberius. The boy is at first tolerant of the claim but then loses his temper and smashes a flagon in Caesar's face. The two brawl with Caesar easily besting Tiberius before being restrained by the boy's guards. Tiberius commands Caesar held against the table and promptly rapes him and threatens to spread word of it if he should talk about Kore's rape.
At the later battle against Crixus and his forces, Caesar is sore (and therefore unable to ride a horse) and angry. He kills many rebels and is on the verge of battling Agron when Tiberius rides by and slashes the former gladiator, severely wounding him and angering Caesar.
Caesar later attacks Crixus as he was about to spear Crassus managing to wound him before they battle. However, he is bested by the former champion in a quick, but fierce struggle, due to being distracted by Naevia. As Crixus is about to kill him, Tiberius spears Crixus in the back and claims victory over the Undefeated Gaul. Caesar is once again visibly angered by Tiberius' interference as he responds he would not have die so early. Caesar then identifies Crixus to Crassus and holds down Naevia forcing her to watch as Tiberius decapitates Crixus.
When Spartacus's men appear under the guise of Pompey's he appears to recognize them (or figure out that they were impostors) and manipulates Tiberius into going to an alleged meeting with Pompey. His knowledge of the impostors is confirmed when he comforts Canthara's friend and fellow whore over her death by Tiberius's hands and explains that he manipulated him "towards slaughter". He also appears in better spirits as he smiles while personally nailing Agron to a cross, though after first suggesting his reinstatement as a gladiator.
When Tiberius is captured by Spartacus, Crassus sends Caesar to negotiate his release in exchange for five hundred prisoners. The rebel leaders hold resentment against Caesar for his work undercover but agree to the exchange. Caesar meets with a wounded Tiberius and is satisfied to see him a wounded state as the boy states he will report to his father about the rebel impostors. Caesar taunts him that he will have revenge for his rape on the way back.
However, Tiberius is killed by Kore who then offers to exchange herself for the prisoners, which Caesar agrees to. They return to the encampment and lie about Tiberius's death to avoid further hurting Crassus, who then makes Caesar his word and will.
When Crassus finally encounters Spartacus's army, Caesar accompanies the imperator to a meeting with the rebel leaders and is at first unwilling to leave him alone with Spartacus. Upon return to encampment, Caesar is confronted by Crassus who inadvertently learned that Tiberius's killer was a vengeful woman (he had blamed an old man). Kore admits to her crime and is nearly killed by Crassus before Caesar defends her and tells the truth of Tiberius's actions, whereupon Crassus relents and later thanks him for faithful service.In the following battle, Caesar stands alongside Crassus and is somewhat dismayed by the latter's ruthless tactics to ensure victory, such as raining catapult fire on the melee, killing as many of his own as of rebels. When Gannicus attacks the rear and turns the siege weapons against them, he is sent to take command of the rear positions. He arrives and instantly commands the soldiers into shield walls that prove immune to the rebels' savage attacks and even Gannicus. He personally kills Naevia with very little difficulty and is repeatedly bested by Gannicus before the former champion is cornered and exhausts himself by banging against shield walls. Caesar tells his soldiers to move aside and then approaches Gannicus, grinning, before knocking the Celt out with the back of his sword.
Following the Roman victory over the rebels, he watches as Gannicus and Kore are crucified and is aghast when Pompey appears and claims credit for victory against Spartacus. Crassus however accepts the loss of credit to make Pompey an ally rather than rival and when he departs, Crassus and Caesar share final words before setting out on their business to construct the First Triumvirate.
List of Appearances
- Sinuessa Guard – Stabbed in the skull. (Men of Honor)
- Roman Infiltrated Soldier – Stabbed multiple times. (Decimation)
- Fabia – Stabbed, out of mercy. (Decimation)
- Cassius – Stabbed with a thrown dagger. (Decimation)
- 2 Rebels – Stabbed by surprise. (Blood Brothers)
- Nemetes – Throat Slice. (Blood Brothers)
- 3 Rebels - During the battle on Sinuesa. (Blood Brothers and Spoils of War)
- Brictius – Stabbed through the back of the head. (Separate Paths)
- Naevia – Stabbed through the shoulder. (Victory)
Living from July 100 BC to March 15th, 44 BC, Caesar was a Roman general, statesman, Consul and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus and Pompey formed a political alliance that was to dominate Roman politics for several years. He was made governor of lower Gaul in 58 BC and as such commanded four legions. Seeking wealth and glory, Caesar used these legions to begin a conquest of the entirety of Gaul. Caesar's conquest of Gaul, completed by 51 BC, extended Rome's territory to the English Channel and the Rhine. During his many victories over the peoples that make up modern day France, Belgium, and Germany, Caesar proved that he possessed a genius for military strategy.
With the Gallic Wars concluded, the Senate, fearing that he had become too powerful, ordered Caesar to lay down his military command and return to Rome. Caesar refused, and marked his defiance in 49 BC by crossing the Rubicon with a legion, leaving his province and illegally entering Roman territory under arms. Civil war resulted, from which he emerged as the unrivaled leader of Rome following victories against Pompey and Cato the Younger, among others.After assuming control of the Roman government, Caesar began a program of social and governmental reforms, including the creation of the Julian calendar. He centralized the bureaucracy of the Republic and was eventually proclaimed Dictator Perpetuus or "dictator in perpetuity" i.e. dictator for life. But the underlying political conflicts had not been resolved, and on the Ides of March (15 March) 44 BC, Caesar was assassinated by a group of senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus, a supposed close friend. A new series of civil wars broke out, and the constitutional government of the Republic was never restored. Caesar's adopted heir Octavian, later known as Augustus, rose to sole power, and the era of the Roman Empire began.
Much of Caesar's life is known from his own accounts of his military campaigns, and from other contemporary sources, mainly the letters and speeches of Cicero and the historical writings of Sallust. The later biographies of Caesar by Suetonius and Plutarch are also major sources. Caesar is deemed to be one of the greatest military commanders in history.
Concerning the Third Servile War, there exists no evidence that he took part in any action against the Rebel army. At the time of the war, he was serving in an elected military position known as a "military tribune." Every legion had 6 of these officers who held the rank of what is essentially a modern day colonel. With Caesar being a military officer within a legion at the time of the Servile War, it's not a huge stretch by any means to assume that he actively served in the war. However, given that he was one of the most written about subjects by ancient historians, the fact that there is no record of his service in the war is notable.
- Todd Lasance, the actor who plays Gaius Julius Caesar is 183cm (6'0") tall.
- Caesar is often referred to as a "Wolf" by many characters. The wolf was a traditional symbol of the city of Rome, as according the Roman mythology a wolf found and raised the orphaned boy Romulus, the founder of Rome, and his brother Remus. Wolves also have a reputation for being vicious predators. Both descriptions suit Ceasar's personality, as he is a Roman patriot, yet also capable of great ruthlessness and cruelty.
- Spartacus (presumably) died in 71 BC at age 38, and Julius Caesar would have been 29, however historically they never actually crossed paths though he was a tribune under Crassus after the war.
- Caesar's assumed identity while spying on Spartacus' army in Sinuessa is that of a Pastore (origin of the word 'pastor') who was a herder of animals. In Roman culture, pastores were slaves permitted a great freedom of movement around the Italian countryside at the discretion of their masters, as well as being permitted to carry weapons, so they could defend their flocks and herds from brigands, and may have provided private security on the landed estates of Roman noblemen too. Historically, pastores were the second most lethal elements within Spartacus' army after gladiators.
- In Blood Brothers, he stabs Spartacus in the back in a surprise assault. This alludes to Caesar's own demise on Mar. 15, 44 BCE when he was assassinated by 23 stabs to the back by several senators, including Brutus.
- In the same episode, Nemetes converses with Caesar and mentions to him the latter's famous line, "The die has been cast" ("Alea iacta est"), which he would state before crossing the Rubicon River back into Italy to fight Pompey and his forces for control of Rome.
- Caesar has shown himself to be a direct enemy of all four of the rebel leaders. With a particularly nemesis-like relationship with Gannicus.
- Caesar has had an individual swordfight against every Rebel general except Spartacus. However, he did stab the Rebel leader in the back with a knife when he ambushed Spartacus on the docks of Sinuessa.
- Ceasar loses in hand to hand swordfights against both Crixus and Gannicus, and both times is saved from death by the intervention of other Roman soldiers.
- Ceasar, along with Crassus and Vettius, are the only antagonists to survive the events of the series, although the fate of Vettius is left unknown.
- The historical Julius Caesar owned a gladiator school in Capua around 49 BC named Ludus Iulianus.
- As the son of a Patrician senator, Caesar would have held the rank of Tribunus Laticlavius, the official second-in-command of a legion. Most military tribunes, known as Tribune Angusticlavii, were officers from Equestrian (middle-class) backgrounds and may have had prior experience as Prefects in the Auxilia, and were generally older than the Laticlavii, were elected to their commissions, which for them would have been their first step towards a career in the Senate. A Tribunus Laticlavius, who would have been from a well-established senatorial dynasty, would have greater social advantages than his more experienced peers.
- Julius Caesar was born on the 12 of July 100 BCE, or otherwise the month of Quintilis (before it was renamed July by Caesar to honor the Roman clan of the Julii) during the Roman Calendar year of 654 Ab Urbe Conditia. Contemporary Romans, however, would have known it as the Year of the Consulship of Lucius Valerius Flaccus and Gaius Marius (Caesar's uncle). Marius's archenemy, the Dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla, deprived Ceasar's family of most of their properties as punishment for their loyalty to Marius. Ironically Crassus, Ceasar's later benefactor, was an ally of Sulla.
- It is historically correct that Ceasar sought out Crassus's patronage due to his debts and financial difficulties. His financial problems in fact motivated many of his later political and military decisions, such as his war of conquest against the Gauls. After the conquest of Gaul Ceasar amassed great wealth by selling an estimated half a million captured Gauls into slavery.
- Caesar is a member of the Gens Julia (or Julii), who were descended from the nobles of the ancient Latin city of Alba Longa, reputedly the city where Romulus and Remus were born, which was destroyed during the reign of Rome's third King, Tullus Hostilius. The founder-king of Alba Longa, Ascanius, was the son of Trojan exile Aeneas, who was the son of Anchises, the mortal lover of the Goddess Aphrodite (Venus) in Greek legend.
- As a boy, Caesar was educated by a certain Marcus Antonius Gnipho, a freedman of Gaulish birth and a reputable grammarian. Many years later, Caesar would conquer Gaul.
- Caesar remarking that Gannicus' death is an ignoble end to his legend is ironic considering that in his later years Caesar would die an ignoble end himself.
"I am Julius fucking Caesar!"
—Caesar to Tiberius
"I prefer fancy sword and expected position."
"Let us set upon path then and see Spartacus found beneath heel as we stride towards future glories."
"Now would be the time to run."
—Caesar to Rebels
"Why do we not move after him? Must Julius fucking Caesar risk life to kill every last rebel himself "
—Caesar to Crassus
"You mind your step with care, boy. Many a giant has tumbled to the afterlife, believing himself too big to fall."
—Caesar to Tiberius
"Sound alarm you worthless shits!"
—Caesar to Troops
" An ignoble end, for a legend, who once stood a god of the arena"
--Caesar to Gannicus
"Your men forget themsevles"
--Caesar to Crassus