Today in World History: March 15th

“Beware the Ides of March,” is what a soothsayer is supposed to have said to Roman dictator Julius Caesar before his stabbing on this day in 44 B.C.E.. The Ides of March, or the middle of March, was a superstitious time in the Roman Era. Caesar, after disturbing the political stability of the Republican Rome and alienating the Senate, who had previously controlled the large dominion, was stabbed more than twenty times by more than sixty people, including his former comrade in the wars and friend, Brutus, which led to his famed statement, “Et tu, Brute?”. His death, which was supposed to have led to the restoration of the Roman Empire, instead led to a civil war and the eventual institution of the Roman Empire.

“I love the name of honor, more than I fear death.”

-Julius Caesar
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