Happy Birthday today to Aurelia Cotta, the mother of Gaius Julius Caesar. She was born on May 21st, 120 B.C.
Cleopatra, A Life - Stacy Schiff
Aurelia Cotta, the mother of Gaius Julius Caesar.
Contrary to the popular rumour, she did not deliver her son via Caesarean Section, as there is not a recorded instance of a mother surviving one until 1500. She lived well into her sixties, running her son’s household and helping to raise her granddaughter after the death of Caesar’s first wife in childbirth.
Coin of Gaius Julius Caesar with an elephant on the front, trampling a serpent.
On April 6th, in 46 B.C., Julius Caesar defeated Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the Battle of Thapsus.