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TODAY’S NATIONAL DAY, 3/15/21 – THE IDES OF MARCH!

Julius-CaesarCan’t say Caesar wasn’t warned by a blind, emaciated street beggar (and those guys are never wrong), but the Dictator for Life of the Roman Republic was one arrogant son of a bitch. Until 44 BCE that is, on

THE IDES OF MARCH!

“Et tu, Brute?” were Julius Caesar’s last words, referring to his erstwhile buddy Brutus, one of a half dozen prominent Romans earnestly skewering him with daggers. It seems that being the boss of all bosses in the Republic, Rome’s wealthiest citizen, and banging Cleopatra just wasn’t enough for one Gaius Julius Caesar.

When he had himself declared Dictator For Life, a bunch of Senators freaked out, convinced he meant to abolish the Roman Senate, so they bushwhacked him on the Senate floor, then declared him a God, for good form.

The Senators never did get around to restoring The Republic, and Caesar’s adopted heir, his nephew Octavius, became the first Roman Emperor, taking the name Caesar Augustus and reigning 40 years.

All this happened 2,065 years ago, and Julius Caesar remains a household name, while his killers’ names are trivia questions. History loves a conqueror, help us. Beware the Ides of March.

•Suggested Activities:  Watch out for Deifying Daggers.

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