The Cinderella Syndrome - from swineherd to Emperor - prostitute to Empress

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Ming Dynasty. The Hongwu Emperor was nothing more than a peasant, but he started a empire that was the rival of many for decades.
 

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Julius was very poor despite his origins and at age of 14 joined the army as youngster providing assistance to the soldiers aka meretrix. Later he was a draft pick for X Legio. 'He was much vexed at his time with the Eagles (X Legio). He failed to attract the attention of the Centurion in charge of the Legion and for his first season languished in the reserves' Gibbons. The very beginning of his military career.
 
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The ascendancy of Diocletian and other third-century career soldiers to the emperorship (Postumus, Claudius Gothicus, Aurelian, Probus, Maximian, Carausius, Constantius, Galerius) is a fascinating phenomenon that was an extension of the process whereby soldiers and military officers of the third century experienced meteoric careers. This probably resulted from multiple factors: e.g. military crisis encouraged senior officers to place more value on actual merit, the increased presence of emperors in the provinces meant greater promotion opportunities for provincial soldiers and officers, the rebellions of the period may have encouraged an increased imperial distrust for senators as military commanders, the civil wars and change-overs at the top caused instability and power vacuums in the military leadership, etc.

The career of Taurus Volusianus provides an example of this process, for whom an inscription erected during the sole reign of Gallienus (260-268) documents his climb from centurio deputatus to consul (ILS 1332). Having initially served with the iudices ex V decuriis but having then entered upon a military career, Volusianus served as a centurio deputatus in Rome and a primuspilus in Germania Inferior. He then served as praepositus equitum singulariorum Augg. NN., i.e. commander of the horse guard ‘of our Augusti’, which should refer to the current regime, and thus the joint rule of Gallienus and his father Valerian (253-260). Volusianus was subsequently appointed as a commander of three legionary detachments, and then tribune of the third cohort of the uigiles, tribune of the eleventh urban cohort, tribune of the fourth praetorian cohort, tribune of the first praetorian cohort and protector, praefectus uigilum, praetorian prefect, and consul ordinarius, an office he held alongside Gallienus in 261. Volusianus had thus experienced rapid promotion between 253 and 261. Similarly, an inscription from the late third or early fourth century documents the rise of Valerius Thiumpus from soldier to lanciarius to protector to prefect of II Herculia (ILS 2781).
 
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Napoelon (the Great) the First.

Before you say he was of noble descent through his father. His father Carlo Bounaparte, a Corsican noble, had a great love for the Parisian roulette tables - his son Napoleon barely had enough money to even enter military school.
 
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Julius was very poor despite his origins and at age of 14 joined the army as youngster providing assistance to the soldiers aka meretrix. Later he was a draft pick for X Legio. 'He was much vexed at his time with the Eagles (X Legio). He failed to attract the attention of the Centurion in charge of the Legion and for his first season languished in the reserves' Gibbons. The very beginning of his military career.
I don't consider Caesar's case to be comparable to the people listed in this article. Caesar wasn't born into a humble context. He was an aristocrat whose inheritance was confiscated around the age of twenty during the dictatorship of Sulla. He was regardless a well connected noble (note for example that there were supporters of Sulla in his mother's family) with illustrious family members (Gaius Marius, Aurelia Cotta, his father). He was ultimately able to ascend the Republican Cursus Honorum in a normal manner. See the points made by aggienation here: Julius Caesar [Cliff notes to correcting common pop culture misconceptions]
 
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