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Saturday, March 15, 2014
Julius Caesar was Assassinated - 44 B.C.
On March 15, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was stabbed to death at
a meeting hall next to the Pompey’s theatre by 60 conspirators led by Marcus
Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. Caesar was scheduled to leave Rome on
March 18 and had appointed loyal members of his army to rule the Empire in his
absence. The Republican senators, already chafing at having to abide by
Caesar's decrees, were particularly angry about the prospect of taking orders
from Caesar's subordinates. Cassius Longinus initiated the plot against the
dictator, quickly getting his brother-in-law Marcus Brutus to join.
Caesar should have been well aware that many of the
senators hated him, but he dismissed his security force not long before his
assassination. Reportedly, Caesar was handed a warning note as he entered the
senate meeting that day but did not read it. After he entered the hall, Caesar
was surrounded by senators holding daggers. Servilius Casca struck the first
blow, striking Caesar in the neck and drawing blood. The other senators joined
in, stabbing him repeatedly about the head. Marcus Brutus wounded Caesar in the
groin and Caesar is said to have remarked in Greek, "You, too, my
child?" In the aftermath of the assassination, Mark Antony attempted to
carry out Caesar's legacy. However, Caesar's will left his adopted son, Octavian
in charge. Cassius and Brutus tried to rally a Republican army and Brutus even
issued coins celebrating the assassination, known as the Ides of March.
Octavian vowed revenge against the assassins, two years later Cassius and
Brutus committed suicide after their armies were defeated by Octavian's
forces. Antony took his armies east, where he joined forces with Caesar's mistress,
Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. Octavian and Antony fought for many years until
Octavian prevailed. In 30 B.C., Antony committed suicide. Octavian, later
known as Augustus, ruled the Roman Empire from 27 B.C. until 14 A.D.
Michael Thomas Barry is a columnist for www.crimemagazine.com and is the author
of numerous books that include Murder
and Mayhem 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California, 1849-1949. The
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