Sunday, March 15, 2015

Beware the Ides of March

On this day in 44 BC Julius Caesar, the duly elected Dictator of the Roman Republic, was assassinated by a group of conspirators jealous of his popularity and the power he might claim with such public support. It was a dark day with the loss of one of the greatest men Rome ever produced. However, it also set into motion events which led to the creation of the Roman Empire. As historian Sir Ronald Syme said, "Pietas prevailed, and out of the blood of Caesar the monarchy was born".

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