On This Day in Oil & Gas: July 12th - Birth Of Caesar

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July 12th, 654 ab urbe condita, urbis romae – A son is born to in the Eternal City to a patrician family, the gens Julia. The proud parents, Gaius and Aurelia are no ordinary toffs, in fact they claim descent from Iulus, son of the Trojan prince Aeneas and the goddess Venus herself – quite some family tree.

Their son would, unimaginatively, be called Gaius. Conquest, civil war and assassination later, history would know him as Caesar.

But what has Caesar got to do with oil and gas? Well, the city of Leptis Magna in the Roman province of Africa used to render unto Caesar a tribute of three million pounds of oil – olive oil, that is. But that’s an aside. In his long campaigns against the Gauls, Caesar would be the first general to obsess not solely about the bravery of the brilliance of his strategy, but on the primacy of logistics - the top to bottom and codified management of a supply chain for a campaigning force.

And where would the oil and gas industry be without that?



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