It’s the year 75 B.C., and the Roman Republic is struggling to keep control of the seas. In the eastern Mediterranean, pirates roam freely, trading in slaves and lording over an empire of their own. But one day, a crew of outlaws kidnaps a man who refuses to submit – and this has terrible consequences for his captors.
The man in question is a young Julius Caesar, who had recently returned to Rome after years in self-imposed exile. Then, while en route to the Greek island of Rhodes, he subsequently finds himself at the mercy of a marauding band of pirates. After Caesar finally secures his release, however, he chooses to go back to the men and unleashes a fury unlike any the marauders have seen before.
Later, Caesar would go on to become ruler of Rome, transforming the Republic and securing his place in history for many centuries to come. But in the annals of his eventful life, many often overlook his time spent in the company of a crew of Cilician pirates – a spell that his unfortunate captors would live to regret.