Ides of March: Et tu Brute?

Today is the Ides of March. In the Roman calendar, it was a religious time, given that March was considered the roman New year. However, it became more famouse for the death of the republic of Rome.

2062 years ago Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back. 23 Times, by those he thought were friends, and colleges. His wife and his doctor warned him not to visit the senate house on the Ides, but Caesar felt he was untouchable.. a kings weakness, no.   article-2190324-1499307c000005dc-596_634x499

But Should we feel sorry for him?

Well, no.. Maybe

You see, Rome at the time prided itself on the idea that their justice system of senators and consuls was just, and Ceaser declared himself: Pontifex Maximus.  Tyranny at its finest.

People felt that Laurel Wreath was starting to look way too much like a crown.. and people got a little stabby..

They got rid of the Problem?

Nope. Julius Caesar’s Heir Octavian, his nephew, fought and won the ‘throne’ of Rome becoming the first Emperor Augustus… and thus Rome becomes an Empire… with one ruler. For hundred of years, Rome bent to the wims of a sole ruler. Men who were flawed, degrading, violet psychopaths.

by the way Et Tu Brute.. totally made up by Shakespeare

Further Reading:

Non-Fiction: SPQR by Mary Beard

Fiction: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

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Review: Warrior or Wife by Lyn Randal

IMG_20180226_211056_475.jpgIn the heat and dust of the Roman arena, a woman stands alone. The crowd cheers for Leda, the famed gladiatrix. Watching is the man who loved then left her– Marcus Flavius Donatus.

“You will give it to me,” he said “For I’d have to slay any man who’d try to take you from me”

Leda used to be Lelia, beloved daughter of a Roman senator. Exiled from the riches of her birth, she sold herself into gladiatorial slavery. Donatus is determined to right the wrong he did her and reclaim his bride!

Now Leda faces the ultimate choice– independence and the danger of the arena, or an uncertain future with the man she once adored…


If you ever EVER think that Mills and Boon Books are about damsels in distress, you are WRONG. Female Gladiators, misunderstandings and captivating historical references make for a spell binding story.

Love’s not something one simply chooses to do. It’s just there, like the wind. You can no more control it than you could an errant breeze.

5 Stars

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Review: Blood & Sand by C V Wyk

Page Count: 310

Genre: YA, Historical


The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

For teens who love strong female protagonists in their fantasy and historical fiction, Blood and Sand is a stirring, yet poignant tale of two slaves who dared take on an empire by talented debut author C. V. Wyk.

Roma Victrix. The Republic of Rome is on a relentless march to create an empire―an empire built on the backs of the conquered, brought back to Rome as slaves.

Attia was once destined to rule as the queen and swordmaiden of Thrace, the greatest warrior kingdom the world had seen since Sparta. Now she is a slave, given to Xanthus, the Champion of Rome, as a sign of his master’s favor. Enslaved as a child, Xanthus is the preeminent gladiator of his generation.

Against all odds, Attia and Xanthus form a tentative bond. A bond that will spark a rebellion. A rebellion that threatens to bring the Roman Republic to its end―and gives rise to the legend of Spartacus…

5/5 Roses

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