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julius caesar's wives/marriages
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Death Relationship with Caesar Divorce Roman Weddings Marriage Customs Selecting a Partner Cossutia Calpurnia Pompeia The Wives of Julius Caesar They were engaged, or possibly married, but the relationship was shortly broken off because to keep his job, Caesar had to marry someone of equal status and Cossutia was too poor for him. Caesar married Calpurnia in 59 B.C. when she was 16 years old. Their marriage lasted 15 years until Caesar's death. The bride would wear a white toga with an elaborate belt as well as orange shoes and an orange veil. Afterward, there would a be a large feast and a procession to the couple's new house. Once there, the bride would be carried over the threshold for good luck. The man had the right to do whatever with their children. He could kill or abandon them if they had deformities or were just unwanted. Women were mostly valued for being wives and making children. They could not participate in politics and had limited freedoms. A father had control over the daughter until they got married. Then the control was passed onto their husband. If a women cheated on her husband, she got in trouble, but if a husband cheated, there were not any repercussions. Because marriage was only considered a declaration, and not a lawful ceremony, the couple could just consider themselves not together anymore if they wanted a divorce. The husband would have the right to the children. One night Calpurnia had a dream where she held Caesar while he was murdered. She thought this might be like a premonition so she begged him not to leave the house. He left anyways and was later killed by the whole senate because they were angry at him. Caesar and Calpurnia had a strong relationship where she worried about him and took care of him and he relied on her advice. Calpurnia's inability to have children caused some tension between the two of them. Calpurnia reluctantly agrees to be whipped by a leather thong of fertility by a friend of Caesar's. She helped him raise his daughter Julia in his previous marriage with Cornelia. Caesar cheated on Calpurnia with Cleopatra while in Egypt for two years and had a child named Caesarion. Cornelia Dictator Sulla ordered them to divorce but Caesar refused so he was put on the execution list. Caesar got the execution pardoned. They had one kid together named Julia. Their marriage lasted 15 years until the death of Cornelia during childbirth. Caesar had an affair with a man and several women but divorced Pompeia after discovering her love for another man. Marriage was not supposed to be romantic. It was an agreement between families, meant to increase your wealth class. Families would consult together to match up couples. There is not much information on the history of Calpurnia. She came from a noble family and was daughter of Lucius Piso. She was well-educated, a strong woman, attractive, shy, and humble but had no children because she was unable to. Works Referenced "Marcus Junius Brutus." Plutarch's Life of Marcus Brutus. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2013. <http://www.bostonleadershipbuilders.com/plutarch/marcusbrutus.htm>.
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