Julia Caesaris (wife of Marius)

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Julia Caesaris (ca. 130 BC – 69 BC) was a daughter of Gaius Julius Caesar II and Marcia (sister of consul Quintus Marcius Rex). She was a sister of Gaius Julius Caesar III (the father of Julius Caesar) and Sextus Julius Caesar III.

At about 110 BC she married Gaius Marius; as a result, she is sometimes referred to as Julia Maria.[citation needed] They had a son, Gaius Marius the Younger.

According to Plutarch, it was by marrying her, a patrician woman, that the up-start Marius got the snobbish attention of the senate and launched his political career.[1] Julia is remembered as a virtuous woman devoted to her husband and their only child. Her reputation alone permitted her to keep her status, even after Sulla's persecutions against Marius himself and his allies.

Julia Caesaris died in 69 BC and received a devoted funeral eulogy from her nephew Julius Caesar.[2]

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  1. ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, "(The Life of) (Caius) Marius", VI
  2. ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, "(The Life of) (Julius) Caesar", V; Also: Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars, "I. Julius Caesar", VI:

    When quaestor, he pronounced the customary orations from the rostra in praise of his aunt Julia and his wife Cornelia, who had both died. And in the eulogy of his aunt he spoke in the following terms of her paternal and maternal ancestry and that of his own father: "The family of my aunt Julia is descended by her mother from the kings, and on her father's side is akin to the immortal Gods; for the Marcii Reges (her mother's family name) go back to Ancus Marcius, and the Julii, the family of which ours is a branch, to Venus. Our stock therefore has at once the sanctity of kings, whose power is supreme among mortal men, and the claim to reverence which attaches to the Gods, who hold sway over kings themselves."

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