Editor says, what if Julius Caesar had died before he became famous? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality the pirates thought Caesar was joking. He wasn't, and upon payment of his ransom did raise a fleet, attacked and captured the pirates, and crucified them. Out of pardon, he ordered their throats slit before crucifixion, sparing the pirates much pain before death. This leniency would be seen throughout Caesar's career as he rose through the ranks of Rome, conquered Gaul, and was made dictator-for-life before being stabbed 23 times by a conspiracy of senators wary of his ambition. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.