Who were Julius Cesar’s parents?

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Who were Julius Cesar’s parents?

His father, whose name was also Gaius Julius Caesar, was a partician (nobleman), held the rank of praetor (second-highest rank in Roman government), and was at one time the Roman governor of Asia (the Roman province that at different times included Greece, Asia Minor, Palestine, and parts of Egypt). He belonged to the gens Julia, which claimed descent from Iulus, the son of the Trojan prince Aeneas, who in turn was the son of the goddess Venus. The family, although very aristocratic, was not overwhelmingly rich or powerful; the family home was a modest house in a lower-class neighborhood.

His mother, Aurelia Cotta, came from a more influential family, the gens Aurelii (which eventually produced its own emperors, Marcus Aurelius and Commodus). She is mentioned in very favorable terms by both Tacitus and Plutarch and was highly respected in Rome.

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