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Gaius Julius Caesar (12 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a prominent Roman general and statesman. Considered one of history's greatest military commanders, he led the Roman armies to victory in the Gallic Wars and, after defeating his rival Pompey in a civil war, seized power and declared himself dictator, starting a programme of radical political reforms until his assassination in 44 BC. He leads the Romans in Civilization VI.[1]

Julius Caesar wants to conquer every hex of the map, vanquishing both Barbarians and opposing civilizations.

Intro[]

Hail Caesar! General, patrician, and dictator of Rome. Your people - and your ambition - call to you across the ages. The die is cast - and let none stand against your vision, whether they be your bitter foes, or your closest friends.

In-Game[]

Julius Caesar's unique agenda is Gallic Wars. He likes civilizations that destroy Barbarian outposts and dislikes civilizations that ignore Barbarian outposts.

His leader ability is Veni, Vidi, Vici. He receives 300 Gold Gold upon first capturing a city and clearing a Barbarian outpost, with both rewards increasing to 500 Gold Gold after he researches Metal Casting and 700 after Steel (and all rewards scaling with game speed).

Detailed Approach[]

Unlocking Legions at Iron Working is key for victory with their increased Strength Combat Strength. Then take the Legions onward to disperse Barbarian Camps and conquer opposing cities. Julius Caesar’s additional Gold Gold for these conquests will help propel him to a large empire and army. Additional Gold Gold will come in from his "All Roads Lead to Rome" ability, and you can appease the masses with your Baths providing additional Amenities Amenities. His military might is best for a Domination Victory.

Lines[]

Julius Caesar is voiced by Michele Carli. He speaks Classical Latin, but with some anachronistic Ecclesiastical Latin mispronunciations and several grammatical and translation errors.

Voiced[]

Codename Quote (English translation) Quote (Latin) Notes
Agenda-based Approval A victorious army is one led by a victor. (lit. "Victorious troops with the victorious leading.") Victores copiae victori ducente. Here, ducente and copiae are pronounced using the Ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation, which is likely a mistake, considering that Caesar spoke Classical Latin instead. It should be pronounced /ˈduː'ken.teː/ or [d̪uː'kɛnt̪ɛ] and /'ko:.pi.ae̯/ or [ˈkoːpiäe̯], respectively. Also, the sound represented by the letter v is incorrectly pronounced with a labiovelar [v], rather than the bilabial [w] used in Classical Latin.
Agenda-based Disapproval The danger lies at your very doorstep, and you do nothing. Periculum adito tuo est, et tu nil facis.
Attacked Ambitious. You seek to conquer me before I move on you. I approve. Cupidus. Antea me capere me cupis. Plaudo.
Declares War The die is cast. Alea iacta est. This is identical to Trajan's Declares War line, but the in-game subtitles are different.
Defeated Tu quoque? Then fall Caesar. Tu quoque? Nam Caesar ruat. The phrase in the subtitles is a quote from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Act III, Scene 1.[2] "Caesar" is mispronounced; in Caesar's native language of Classical Latin, it should be pronounced /ˈkae̯.sar/ or [ˈkäe̯s̠är]. It seems the voice actor pronounces it in Ecclesiastical Latin, which didn't exist yet.
Greeting I am Caesar, destroyer of conspiracies in the Alpine woods and the Senate alike. Ego Caesar, qui Alpibus senatoque coniurationes aequaliter extinguit. "Caesar" is mispronounced. In Caesar's native language of Classical Latin, it should be pronounced /ˈkae̯.sar/ or [ˈkäe̯s̠är]. Neither Classical Latin nor the Ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation seems to match this one. The voice actor also says senato(que) instead of senatu(que), which is a mistake because senatus is a noun of the fourth declension.
Quote from Civilopedia I came, I saw, I conquered. Veni, vidi, vici. The whole phrase is mispronounced. In Classical Latin, the letter v was pronounced like a w in modern English, and the letter c should be pronounced like a k in modern English. The correct Classical Latin pronunciation is /ˈu̯eː.niː ˈu̯iː.diː ˈu̯iː.kiː/ or [ˈu̯eːniː ˈu̯iːd̪iː ˈu̯iːkiː]. It seems the voice actor pronounces it like in modern Italian.

Unvoiced[]

Delegation: The gifts of Rome - bread, olive, cheeses, garum. It, as well as my good favor, are said to grant long life.

Accepts Player's Declaration of Friendship: I have Octavian, Antony, and my dear Brutus amongst my friends. And now you!

Rejects Player's Declaration of Friendship: I can always tell a treacherous friend. Always.

Requests Declaration of Friendship: Rome is not without its graces. Come into friendship with us.

Player Accepts Declaration of Friendship: I shall be as true a friend to you as my dear Brutus is to me.

Player Rejects Declaration of Friendship: You look lean and hungry. Such people are dangerous.
[Note: This is a reference to a remark Julius Caesar makes about Cassius in Act I, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.[3][4]]

Denounced by Player: You had better mean what you say. I, for one, do not make idle threats.

Denounces Player: You have a pale and hungry look. I do not much like it.
[Note: This is a reference to a quote attributed to Julius Caesar in Parallel Lives by Plutarch from the part dedicated to Antony, paragraph XI - "It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking."[5]]

Too Many Troops Near His Border: Speak plainly. Are these troops meant for Rome? Shall you call them back to peace or forward to slaughter?

Invitation to Capital: Rome lies at the end of all roads, for good or for ill. Will you see it?

Invitation to City: Greetings from Rome! We are eager to learn of other lights of civilization in the wilderness. Shall you tell me of yours?

Civilopedia entry[]

The template for all would-be dictators to come, Julius Caesar was a military man who cultivated the support of the common people and military as a path to power against an established oligarchy. His rise marked the end of the Roman Republic and the beginnings of the Empire.

The gens Julia were not much, as patrician families go, despite their alleged origins with the goddess Venus. They were elevated to the rank of noble (i.e., patrician, as opposed to plebian) in the relatively distant time but were a minor note in the Roman republic. Julius Caesar’s story begins when he becomes the head of the family in 85BC and is almost immediately targeted by the new winner of a bloody civil war between Caesar’s kin, Gaius Marius, and Lucius Sulla. Caesar lost what little inheritance his family had and his ability to serve as a priest of Jupiter. Having relatively little, Caesar went into the military. The choice would prove dramatic.

In an episode from his early military career, Caesar was captured by pirates on the Aegean sea. He made friends with the men and encouraged them to ask for more money than he was worth, joking that, when free, he would track them down and destroy them. They took his advice... and for his end, he immediately carried out his threat.

In his early career, Caesar was noted as an opponent of Senatorial corruption and a favorite of the military. As he moved up in ranks, winning the consulate in 59BC and becoming a member of the ”triumvirate,” an alliance of Caesar and two powerful allies, Caesar curried favor with the common people, forcing land redistribution and threatening nobility with his soldiers when conflicts emerged. This won him enemies, and he secured a governorship over the fractious regions of Gaul to protect himself from retaliation. This move, too, was to shape his future.

War meant opportunity. Caesar relentlessly pushed against Gallic forces – including Ambiorix – in the Gallic Wars. But while he was away, Caesar’s opponents were actively undermining his support at home, citing irregularities in his consular election. Caesar’s once-ally Pompey assumed singular control, and senators urged for both men to disarm and thus re-establish a legal order. Neither did. Worse, Caesar began marching his victorious legions back from Gaul towards Rome.

And here was the river Rubicon. Active armies were forbidden in Rome proper, and to cross the great river would signal a hostile action. Caesar paused here before declaring alea icata est – the die is cast. He crossed the river and altered the course of history. Civil war erupted, but Caesar’s military planning was such that he outmaneuvered his opponent Pompey, chasing him out of Italy and to Spain and Greece. Returning to Rome, Caesar was appointed dictator. It is a move that later dictators would emulate.

Consolidating power was the next move. With a mixture of guile and menace, Caesar cowed the Senate and, famously, intervened on behalf of Cleopatra in Egypt (who became his lover). While his public persona was one favoring commoners, he restricted the power of non-nobles, both in artisans’ guilds as well as in legal reforms. In deference to Rome’s expansion, Caesar allowed for some degree of decentralization, extending legal rights beyond Italy and allowing local cities more freedom to govern as they saw fit. His dictatorship relied both on informal intimidation (he simply refused several moves by the Senate) as well as new legal powers bestowed on him by the Senate.

Here, the power of the Senate seemed to be severely shaken. It is no wonder that enemies conspired against him. And so they did. At a meeting of the Senate in which Caesar was to speak, he was stabbed 23 times, most notably by his supposed friend, Brutus. While we know ”et tu, brute” from Shakespeare, his final words are recorded as "kai su, teknon" (you too, child?) in Greek.

Afterward, the empire was thrown into tumult. The masses still had Caesar’s support, now on his general Antony’s shoulders, and the would-be leaders Brutus and Cassius were forced to flee. At the same time, Caesar’s adopted son Octavian claimed the right to rule, and so came a war of seemingly all against all. The assassins were hunted down and killed, as well as Antony, who had sought refuge with Cleopatra. Octavian was to become Augustus Caesar.

Caesar’s legacy reinforced the power of populism combined with military arms, as well as the audacity of ambition. Would-be emperors such as Napoleon and Bolivar took their inspiration from Caesar, and monarchies that styled themselves “Kaiser,” “Tsar,” or “Qaisar” took their name wholesale from the Roman emperor.

Trivia[]

  • Despite the common misconception, Julius Caesar never took the title of emperor, though his cognomen would be adopted as a title by Roman emperors after his death.
  • Julius Caesar's diplomacy screen shows the Arch of Titus at sunset, though it wasn't built until over a century after his death.
  • Julius Caesar's leader ability is a quote attributed to him by Plutarch and Suetonius after his swift, decisive victory against Pharnaces II of Pontus in the Battle of Zela, meaning "I came; I saw; I conquered", while his agenda is named after the wars he waged against the different tribes of Gaul.
  • Julius Caesar's release in Civilization VI marks the seventh time he has led Rome in the Civilization franchise (including the Civilization Revolution games). He was only absent from Civilization V, where Rome was led by his great-nephew and adopted heir, Augustus Caesar, instead.
  • Julius Caesar had a direct relationship with two other leaders in Civilization VI: he and Ambiorix fought each other during the Gallic Wars, while he and Cleopatra were lovers.

Gallery[]

Videos[]

First_Look-_Julius_Caesar_-_Civilization_VI-_Leader_Pass

First Look- Julius Caesar - Civilization VI- Leader Pass

First Look: Julius Caesar

Related achievements[]

Salad Sensation
Salad Sensation
Win a regular game as Julius Caesar.
A pun on the Caesar salad and the Salad Sensations restaurant.
Missed That Day in History Class
Missed That Day in History Class
Clear nuclear contamination with a Roman Legion
A common joke, typically used to refer to situations which seem directly contradictory to what would actually be taught in a history class.
And the Walls Kept Tumbling Down
And the Walls Kept Tumbling Down
Have your Roman city lose 6 population from one Vesuvius eruption.
Lyrics from the song 'Pompeii' by Bastille, which is about the titular city getting destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted.
Rome is Where the Heart is
Rome is Where the Heart is
As Byzantium, take the original capital of Rome while it is following your founded religion.
A play on the phrase 'Home is where the heart is.' The Byzantine Empire was originally the Eastern Roman Empire, which was the last remnant of the whole Roman Empire after the fall of the Western Empire.

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