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.
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
Non-Fiction: SPQR by Mary Beard
Fiction: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare