On This Day — Julius Caesar Is Assassinated (15 March 44 BC)

“If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.”

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Julius Caesar

On the Ides of March 44 BC, a group of Roman senators stabbed Julius Caesar — 23 times — to death. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Caesar was the Dictator of the Roman Republic, having recently been declared dictator perpetuo by the Senate of the Roman Republic.

This declaration made some  senators fear that Caesar wanted to overthrow the Senate in favor of totalitarianism.

Moreover, many senators feared that Caesar’s pro plebeian manifesto would endanger them financially.

On March 15, 44 BC, a group of thirty senators stabbed Julius Caesar to death.

Two days after the assassination, Mark Antony summoned the senate and managed to work out an astute compromise.

The assassins would not be punished for their acts, but all of Caesar’s appointments would remain valid.

By doing this, Antony hoped to avoid a major crisis developing as a result of Caesar’s death.

The Roman lower classes, with whom Caesar was popular, became enraged that a small group of aristocrats had sacrificed Caesar.

The result unforeseen by the assassins was that Caesar’s death precipitated the end of the Roman Republic.

The conspirators were unable to restore the Roman Republic, and the ramifications of the assassination led to a civil war.

Beware the Ides of March!

PS: The Romans considered the Ides of March as a deadline for settling debts.

REFERENCES

Assassination of Julius Caesar — Wikipedia

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On This Day — Julius Caesar Is Assassinated (15 March 44 BC)

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