"he, a scion of the oldest family in Rome"

Venus de Milo (Venus from Melos) - Divine Lineage of Julius Caesar?
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The Julii family liked to claim that they could trace their lineage all the way back to the Trojan prince Aeneas, the man who sailed from Troy to found Rome. This would also mean that the Julii family is descended from the gods themselves, since Aeneas’ mother was the goddess Venus.