Lasance, Merrells join 'Spartacus' cast

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 13 (UPI) -- Todd Lasance and Simon Merrells are joining the cast of the swords-and-sandals epic "Spartacus," the U.S. cable network Starz said Tuesday.

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Museum planning Caesar exhibition

ROME, July 4 (UPI) -- A new exhibition to open this fall at Rome's Chiostro del Bramante is being touted as the first entirely devoted to the ancient Roman leader Julius Caesar.

Ancient bust of Caesar found in river

PARIS, May 15 (UPI) -- French officials say the oldest known bust of Julius Caesar has been found in the Rhone River in Arles, France.
Oscar-winner Charlton Heston dies at 84

Oscar-winner Charlton Heston dies at 84

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 6 (UPI) -- Charlton Heston, who won an Oscar for playing the title role in "Ben Hur" and was probably best known as Moses, died Saturday in Beverly Hills, Calif., at 84.

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Rock shocked by unearthed family history

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- News that his great-great-grandfather went from being a slave to a Union soldier during the Civil War has left U.S. comedian Chris Rock in utter shock.

Dogs of War: Here to stay

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Through human history just about every nation that went to war has hired someone other than their own countrymen to pick up a weapon and fight on their behalf.

Et tu? Brutus accidentally stabs himself

ASPEN, Colo., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- In a strange twist of events, the man playing Brutus in an outdoor performance of Julius Caesar in Aspen, Colo., accidentally stabbed himself.

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Roman temple found under president's house

ROME, May 31 (UPI) -- An Italian archaeologist says he believes that the presidential palace in Rome is sitting on top of a temple to the Roman god Quirinus.

Actor Roscoe Lee Browne dies

LOS ANGELES, April 12 (UPI) -- Roscoe Lee Browne, whose deep, modulated voice led to roles on a Shakespearean stage and as narrator of the barnyard "Babe" films, died in Los Angeles at 81.

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Julius Caesar
Composer Isaac Hayes attends the April 3, 2005 Broadway opening night production of William Shakespeare play Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Gaius Julius Caesar (13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman general and statesman. He played a critical role in the gradual transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.

In 60 BC, Caesar entered into a political alliance with Crassus and Pompey that was to dominate Roman politics for several years. Their attempts to amass power through populist tactics were opposed within the Roman Senate by the conservative elite, among them Cato the Younger with the frequent support of Cicero. Caesar's conquest of Gaul, completed by 51 BC, extended Rome's territory to the English Channel and the Rhine. Caesar became the first Roman general to cross both when he built a bridge across the Rhine and conducted the first invasion of Britain. These achievements granted him unmatched military power and threatened to eclipse Pompey's standing. The balance of power was further upset by the death of Crassus in 53 BC. Political realignments in Rome finally led to a standoff between Caesar and Pompey, the latter having taken up the cause of the Senate. Ordered by the senate to stand trial in Rome for various charges, Caesar marched from Gaul to Italy with his legions, crossing the Rubicon in 49 BC. This sparked a civil war from which he emerged as the unrivaled leader of the Roman world.

After assuming control of government, he began extensive reforms of Roman society and government. He centralised the bureaucracy of the Republic and was eventually proclaimed "dictator in perpetuity". A group of senators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus, assassinated the dictator on the Ides of March (15 March) 44 BC, hoping to restore the constitutional government of the Republic. However, the result was a series of civil wars, which ultimately led to the establishment of the permanent Roman Empire by Caesar's adopted heir Octavius (later known as Augustus). Much of Caesar's life is known from his own accounts of his military campaigns, and 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.

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