domingo, 15 de marzo de 2015

March 15: Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Brutus, and other senators, in 44 BC.



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.

History tells us that there was a growing tension between Julius Caesar and the Senate in 44 before Christ. Caesar claimed the title of king, but the Senate awarded him the title of "Perpetual Dictator".

                             The Death of Caesar, Vicenzo Camuccini in 1798.

According to Cassius Dio, a senatorial delegation went to visit Caesar at the Temple of Venus Genetrix, which Caesar used as a forum, and when they reached him, Caesar did not want to salute. Then Brutus and his cousin, led a conspiracy with his friend and brother, Gaius Cassius Longinus, calling themselves themselves as "Liberators".


"The Death of Caesar" by Jean-Léon Gérôme, showing the body of Caesar abandoned and senators fleeing.

The group, led by Gaius Cassius Longinus, and Marcus Junius Brutus, stabbed Julius Caesar until he was lying on the ground covered in blood.

                         "The Murder of Caesar" by Karl von Piloty, 1865


The group, led by Gaius Cassius Longinus, and Marcus Junius Brutus, stabbed Julius Caesar until he was lying on the ground covered in blood.