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Where did nickname “Caesar” come from?

Portrait of Caesar of Tusculum
Portrait of Caesar of Tusculum

“Caesar” was a title awarded since Julius Caesar to each of his successors. But what did it mean?

It is not entirely known, the Romans themselves do not seem to be sure. It is certain, however, that everyone who spoke Latin had to associate this nickname with the word CAESARIES, which was used to describe thick hair, hair.

It is true that in the case of Gaius Julius Caesar this association was not very accurate, because he lost his hair very early – probably also because of being ashamed of baldness, being a dictator, he most often showed in a wreath on his head in public. This privilege was supposed to be granted to him by a special resolution.

Author: Dorota Drozda
Sources
  • Aleksander Krawczuk, Poczet cesarzy rzymskich

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