The Assassination Of Julius Caesar: History And Stories You Might Not Know About

By | March 12, 2020

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The death of Caesar. (Leemage/UIG via Getty Images)

Beware the Ides of March! If you're like most of us, you were introduced to this phrase, as well as the assassination of Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, in sophomore English class. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar gave you the CliffsNotes version of events, but there's a lot more to the story of the death of one of Rome's most notorious emperors. Let's look at some stories about the assassination of Julius Caesar that you might not know about.

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Julius Caesar was an emperor, turned dictator who wanted to be king. (

The Motive For The Assassination

Ancient Rome was the world's first republic, so the idea of government by representation was a whole new thing, in Rome or anywhere. Since it didn't allow him to do whatever he wanted, Emperor Julius Caesar wasn't a fan. Pretty much immediately, he tried to break the whole system of checks and balances that ensured an equal distribution of powers through the time-honored strategies of bullying and bribery. He wasn't unsuccessful: He got the Senate to name him Dictator, and when that didn't quite satisfy him, the Senate declared him Dictator For Life. It was a pretty sweet deal for Caesar but just about no one else.