Skip to main content

Julia (d. 68 BCE)

Julia (d. 68 bce)

Roman noblewoman and aunt of Julius Caesar. Died in 68 bce (some sources cite 69 bce); daughter of Marcia (fl. 100 bce) and Gaius Julius Caesar; sister of C. Julius Caesar (praetor, 85 bce, father of Julius Caesar) and Sextus Julius Caesar (consul, 91 bce); aunt of Julius Caesar, Roman emperor; married Gaius Marius (consul, d. 86 bce).

It was the marriage of Julia, aunt of Julius Caesar, to dictator Gaius Marius that propelled the young Caesar into politics. As a result of Julia's efforts, Marius planned to name Caesar the flamen Dialis (priest of Jupiter). Despite Caesar's previous plans to marry the daughter of a wealthy equestrian (business-class) family, he married Cornelia , daughter of the consul Lucius Cornelius Cinna, to fulfill the requirement that the flamen marry a patrician. Because of Marius' changing political fortunes, however, Caesar was never appointed flamen.

Caesar eventually triumphed, nonetheless. In 73 bce, the Romans elected him one of the 24 military tribunes, his first elected office. Elected quaestor (junior magistrate) in 69, he gave public funeral orations honoring his recently deceased aunt Julia and his wife Cornelia. According to Suetonius, Caesar took the opportunity in his oration to glorify his family:

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. … Our stock therefore has at once the sanctity of kings, and the claim to reverence which attaches to the Gods.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Julia (d. 68 BCE)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 May. 2019 <https://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Julia (d. 68 BCE)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. (May 24, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/julia-d-68-bce

"Julia (d. 68 BCE)." Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. . Retrieved May 24, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/julia-d-68-bce

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.