Tuesday, March 16, 2010

History's Most Famous Murder

In an effort to preserve a Republican government from a perceived threat, conspirators in the Roman Senate took part in a murder that changed history. On March 15, 44 B.C., the immensely popular Roman General Julius Caeser fell from 23 stab wounds administered by members of the Roman Senate. Their act ultimately destroyed the Republic and led to a succession of monarchs, some effective, many not, and a few who seemed to define the word, "evil."

This from a 1953 screen adaption of Shakespeare's play, Julius Caeser

Here is an academic discussion of the murder of Caeser and the end of the Republic, putting it all into context. Though long, it is well worth a listen:

(H/T Rouge Classicalism)

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