The Time Julius Caesar Was Captured by Pirates

From Britannica.com:

In 75 BCE a band of Cilician pirates in the Aegean Sea captured a 25-year-old Roman nobleman named Julius Caesar, who had been on his way to study oratory in Rhodes. As the story is related in Plutarch’s Parallel Lives, the capture was a minor inconvenience for Caesar but very bad luck for the pirates.

From the start, Caesar simply refused to behave like a captive. When the pirates told him that they had set his ransom at the sum of 20 talents, he laughed at them for not knowing who it was they had captured and suggested that 50 talents would be a more appropriate amount. He then sent his entourage out to gather the money and settled in for a period of captivity. The pirates must have been dumbfounded. It’s not every day that a hostage negotiates his ransom up.

Caesar made himself at home among the pirates, bossing them around and shushing them when he wanted to sleep. He made them listen to the speeches and poems that he was composing in his unanticipated downtime and berated them as illiterates if they weren’t sufficiently impressed. He would participate in the pirates’ games and exercises, but he always addressed them as if he were the commander and they were his subordinates. From time to time he would threaten to have them all crucified. They took it as a joke from their overconfident, slightly nutty captive.

It wasn’t a joke. After 38 days, the ransom was delivered and Caesar went free. Astonishingly, Caesar managed to raise a naval force in Miletus—despite holding no public or military office—and he set out in pursuit of the pirates. He found them still camped at the island where he had been held, and he brought them back as his captives. When the governor of Asia seemed to vacillate about punishing them, Caesar went to the prison where they were being held and had them all crucified.

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Florida’s governor is one of the biggest idiots in politics in the world today so this is not surprising in the least. However, from what I’ve seen so far, it’s difficult to believe this won’t be the case with the rest of the country as we move in to July. Be careful out there, this is going to flare up as states reopen and it’s barely a blip on the news anymore.

When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s stay-at-home order expired May 4, there were roughly 680 cases being diagnosed each day in the state. As of June 14, Florida’s seven-day rolling average for new COVID-19 infections, which accounts for fluctuations in the number of cases, was 1,661 per day. On Tuesday, Florida reported a record-high one-day increase of 2,783.

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I promised myself to not post anything stupid Trump says or did for a bit. I just wanted to post positive things, and as you can tell by how little I have posted, there’s not too many positive things out in the world today. But I still didn’t want to post the usual Trump idiocy. But, my god, this……

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