Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Julius Caesar and the interesting tale of piracy.

In 75BC Julius Caeser was captured by the Cilician Pirates of whom infested the Mediterranean sea. After his capture the pirates behested a ransom of twenty talents, at which point Caeser burst into laughter saying that he would give them fifty. They did not know, he said whom they had captured. At this point he sent his followers to various islands to collect the ransom and was left on his own with one friend and two servants among the bloodthirsty Cilicians, of whom he treated highhandedly it is said that he even sent his servants out to tell them to be quiet while he slept.
               For thirty-eight days Caeser took his capture with the greatest unconcern, joining in on the games and exercises. Almost behaving as if he was their leader rather than prisoner, he wrote poems and speeches that he promptly read to the crew of the ship. If they failed to admire his works he would call them to their faces illiterate savages, and would often laughingly threaten to have them all crucified. 
               At this point the ransom arrived and he was set free onto the shores of Miletus, where he quickly raised a very small fleet of ships and set sail against the pirates. He soon found them still anchored off shore and attacked, capturing nearly all of them and taking their properties as spoils of war. Placing the men as prisoners at Pergamon. Going in person to Junius the Governor of Asia asking what to do with them, Junius however ummed and ahhed about the case saying he needed to look into it more. 
               It was at this point that Caeser decided to take matters into his own hands and crucified the lot of them, just as he had often told them he would, although they always thought he was joking...
              In conclusion JULIUS CAESER WAS A BAD-ASS. 


  1. Just read the last line!

  2. Julius Caesar was a Bad-Ass indeed. Nice post