Julius Caesar had a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of personality.
While travelling to Rhodes by sea, his ship was attacked by pirates. Even in captivity, Julius had the presence of mind to turn on his charm. He maintained a cordial relationship with the pirates, who demanded a ransom for his release: twenty talents.
The lowly ransom of twenty talents was an insult! He asked them to raise the demand to fifty talents, befitting his noble status. The pirates were amused by Julius's pomposity, especially when he reminded them that he will return some day and crucify the lot.
And that’s exactly what he did. Once his ransom was paid, he raised a military force and launched an attack. He captured the pirates’ ships, looted their belongings - and then crucified them.