Sunday, March 15, 2015

Beware the Ides of March

On this day in 44 BC Gaius Julius Caesar, duly elected Dictator of the Roman Republic, was assassinated by a group of conspirators. Read my thoughts on the assassination here and a profile on Julius Caesar here.

It was a dramatic sign of how far fallen the Roman Republic already was, striking down the greatest leader of the day because his success made others fearful of him. His murder set events into motion which led to the founding of the Roman Empire and, oddly enough, the conspirators, fearing a potential king, created a dynasty of emperors.

1 comment:

  1. In my opinion, the more recent planned events of this year's 'Ides of March', served to obscure the betrayal of the Russian Tsar by his forced abdication, March 15th, 1917. Is this possible in your view, given the hatred that all Republics have for all Monarchies, especially Christian ones?


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