Happy belated Ides of March!
On March 15, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar failed to beware the Ides of March and was assassinated by members of the Roman Senate.
The charismatic, forceful, willful general had been given dictatorial power in the Roman republic by voters sick of ineffective politicians. (Sound familiar?) The Senators were trying to save the Republic by committing tyrannicide, but the ensuring civil war resulted in the rise of Caesar Augustus, the end of the republic, and the establishment of an empire.
Dominic Selwood has written an absolutely compelling account of Caesar’s assassination and the impact it had on the world. The story of Julius Caesar is important to know, especially as our republic contemplates choosing a Caesar of our own.