In 1st century BCE Julius Ceasar was captured by Cilician pirates. They wanted 20 silver talents ($330,000) for his release.
Julius Ceasar laughed at the pirates and told them they should be asking for at least 50 silver talents ($825,000) for his ransom.
The pirates were confused. They had never met a hostage that demanded their ransom to be increased.
Word spread to Rome that pirates wanted a giant sum of money to release Julius Ceasar. Ceasar became famous as a result. People thought that he must be very special and important to warrant such a high ransom.
This event put Julius Ceasar on the political map.
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