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08w11:3 2051 years ago

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15 March 710 AUC

Caesar is dead
The Assasisnation of Julius Caesar
as depicted in HBO’s Rome (2005)

Ides of March | Wikipedia
“In the Roman calendar, the term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other 8 months.[1].”

Assassination of Julius Caesar
“As Caesar began to read the false petition, Tillius Cimber, who had handed him the petition, pulled down Caesar’s tunic. While Caesar was crying to Cimber ‘But that is violence!’ (‘Ista quidem vis est!’), the aforementioned Casca produced his dagger and made a glancing thrust at the dictator’s neck. Caesar turned around quickly and caught Casca by the arm, saying in Latin ‘Casca, you villain, what are you doing?’ [1] Casca, frightened, shouted “Help, brother” in Greek (‘adelphe, boethei!’). Within moments, the entire group, including Brutus, was striking out at the dictator. Caesar attempted to get away, but, blinded by blood, he tripped and fell; the men continued stabbing him as he lay defenseless on the lower steps of the portico. According to Eutropius, around sixty or more men participated in the assassination. He was stabbed 23 times.[2] According to Suetonius, a physician later established that only one wound, the second one to his chest, had been lethal.[3] The dictator’s last words are not known with certainty, and are a contested subject among scholars and historians alike. The version best known in the English-speaking world is the Latin phrase Et tu, Brute? (‘even you, Brutus?’ or ‘you too, Brutus?’); this derives from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, where it actually forms the first half of a macaronic line: ‘Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar.’ Shakespeare’s version evidently follows in the tradition of the Roman historian Suetonius, who reports that Caesar’s last words were the Greek phrase ‘…'[4] (transliterated as ‘Kai su, teknon?’: ‘You too, my child?’ in English).[5] Plutarch, on the other hand, reports that Caesar said nothing, pulling his toga over his head when he saw Brutus among the conspirators.[6]”

Thoughts on Rome and Caesar | Timothy Comeau

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Sic Semper Tyrannis