When a mother is unable to deliver a baby naturally she is often rushed, or if trouble was foreseen, booked into theater for a Caesarean section. A Caesarean section is the surgical procedure where the baby is removed from the mothers womb not through the vagina, but through a cut in the lower abdomen. The name for the operation has been connected to Roman dictator Julius Caesar since the first century. Historically, the reason that it is named after the Roman general, senator and dictator for life Julius Caesar is because legend says he entered this world in that fashion. But was Julius Caesar born by Caesarean section?
Was Julius Caesar born by Caesarean section?
In short, no. We have been misled for nearly 2000 years, and we have one man to thank. Pliny the Elder.