Julius Caesar was 53 years old when he became dictator of Rome in 47 B.C. While he was initially made dictator for a 10-year term of office, he was appointed dictator for life in 44 B.C.
Julius Caesar was born on July 12, 100 B.C., although the month was called "Quintilis" then. He joined the Roman army as a young man and spent many years working to better himself politically before returning to Rome. In 59 B.C., upon his return to Rome, Caesar allied himself with Pompey and Crassus to form the First Triumvirate and was appointed consul. He then led conquests in Gaul, Helvetii, Germany and Britain before returning to Rome in triumph.