On a journey to Rhodes, at a young age, as Julius Caesar had to attend the lessons of a rhetorician, named Apollonius of Molonas, he was captured by pirates who at the time ravaged the Aegean. Then they led him to the islet of Farkakonisi, east of Leros, where they kept him as a prisoner and asked for twenty talents for his release. Julius Caesar laughed at them, told them that they did not know who they had arrested and appointed fifty talents back to them if they let him free. For forty days he stayed with the pirates, treated them with contempt, ordered them to be quiet when he rested, wrote poems, recited speeches and told them, when laughing at the same time, that they would soon be executed. The pirates laughed back to him, but when the ransom came and Caesar was released, he equipped ships in Miletus, captured the pirates and crucified them all.