Julius Caesar held for ransom

Roger Bussey

Piracy

In the year 75 BC, Julius Caesar was taken prisoner by Cilician pirates, and held for thirty-eight days in Dodecanese islit of Pharmacusa, south-west of Anatolia.

When Caesar heard, they were asking only twenty talents, he was shocked, proclaiming he was worth at least fifty talents.  The ransom demand was increased.

With the ransom paid, Caesar was released, and he vowed to his captors, he would return and slay them, taking back the ransom money.

Julius Caesar Framed Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar wanted revenge; he was going to dish out his own style of justice.  Ceasar acquired four galley styled ships and 500 legionnaires to hunt down these Cilician pirates.  350 pirates were captured and Roman Praetor Junius feared repercussions, at a time when relationships between Romans and pirates were fragile.  Caesar sensed Junius would fine them, and then let them go.

Caesar wanted justice… he secretly seized thirty Cilician pirates, slit their…

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