Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Julius Caesar: Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde?

Julius Caesar had a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of personality.

While travelling to Rhodes by sea, his ship was attacked by pirates.  Even in captivity, Julius had the presence of mind to turn on his charm.  He maintained a cordial relationship with the pirates, who demanded a ransom for his release: twenty talents. 

Julius protested. 

The lowly ransom of twenty talents was an insult!  He asked them to raise the demand to fifty talents, befitting his noble status. The pirates were amused by Julius's pomposity, especially when he reminded them that he will return some day and crucify the lot. 

And that’s exactly what he did. Once his ransom was paid, he raised a military force and launched an attack.  He captured the pirates’ ships, looted their belongings - and then crucified them.

To read the fictionalized version of the story, click here.

A David Singh


  1. A man who keeps his word - hard to find these days. But if you do find one, they are likely to make a "difference", one way or another....
    Something to aspire to!

    PS I am around, but it requires inspiring comments to draw me out.
    PPS I learnt this fact, when googling for info for Krishn's homework!

  2. True enough! Good to see you around, AKM!

    And looks like homework has come a long way since we were kids!

  3. This is funny, except for the men who got crucified obviously ;)

    Glad to see you back. Does this mean your neck and back are alright again? Hope so :) x

    1. They had it coming!

      Yes, neck and back are alright now, thankfully! Planning to be around in blogosphere more often in the coming days. :)

      And I've been missing Georgia! Hope she's been good! I'm going to visit and see for myself soon. :)

  4. Yup! We are a good team. I write the blogpost and Swati takes care of the comments