Julius Caesar was kidnapped by Cilician pirates in 75 BC as he traveled on the Aegean Sea on the way to Rhodes. They initially asked 20 talents ransom and he suggested they ask for 50 instead. A talent was 75 pounds so depending on the price of gold in modern times it would be over $50 million U.S. Once they had their payment the pirates released Caesar never realizing who he was. Caesar soon returned with the Roman fleet and quickly captured the pirates. They were first imprisoned and then all were crucified.