pathman2: Hope his birth was by Caesarian section, for mothers sake. That is how Julius Caesar was born, and how it got it's name. BTW.
No he wasn't and no it isn't. It's a wide spread myth.
At the time of Julius Caesars birth caeserians had a 100% mortality rate for the mother, Julius' mother was alive long into his adulthood.
The first documented c-section tock place 1400 years after Julius' death, many hundreds of miles away, in Switzerland. C-sections didn't become commonplace untill the late 19th century after Queen Victoria put an end to the religious drivel about how women should "sorrow to bring forth children".
The word caeserean comes from the latin caedere for "cut". The term "Caesarean" was not applied to the operation until 1615 and has nothing to do with Julius Caesar or any other emperor.
The myth has it's origins in the mad ramblings of Pliny the Elder, mentioning an old legend about how the first Caesar, some remote ancestor of the dictator's, was so called because he was cut from his mother's womb.
As a reference;
Pliny the elder, a man who thought that:
* Spitting in your right shoe before putting it on is an antidote to evil spells.
* The Moon is larger than the Earth.
* Hedgehogs could climb trees to impale apples with their spikes to carry them back to their burrows.
* To cure epilepsy, eat the heart of a black jackass, outside, on the second day of the moon. Alternatively, eat lightly poached bear testes, a dried camel brain with honey, or drink fresh gladiator's blood.
* To cure incontinence, touch the tips of the genitals with linen or papyrus. Alternatively, drink a glass of wine mixed with the ash of a burned pig's penis, or urinate in your or your neighbour's dog's bed.
* To cure haemorrhoids, use a cream made from pig lard and the rust of a chariot wheel. Alternatively, use swan fat or the urine of a female goat.
* To cure headaches, tie some fox genitals to your head.
For all his lunacy, he suffered one of historys most spectacular deaths. Burned to a crisp while trying to rescue friends during the 79AD Mt. Vesuvius eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculanium.
And that puts an end to the myth about where the word caesarean comes from.
Have an awsome day.