The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

Barry Strauss


during this tale of the main recognized assassination in historical past, “the final bloody day of the [Roman] Republic hasn't ever been painted so brilliantly” (The Wall highway Journal).

Julius Caesar used to be stabbed to loss of life within the Roman Senate on March 15, forty four BC—the Ides of March based on the Roman calendar. He used to be, says writer Barry Strauss, the final casualty of 1 civil conflict and the 1st casualty of the subsequent civil warfare, which might finish the Roman Republic and inaugurate the Roman Empire. “The loss of life of Caesar presents a clean examine a well-trodden occasion, with magnificent storytelling bound to motivate awe” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Why used to be Caesar killed? For political purposes, in most cases. The conspirators desired to go back Rome to the times whilst the Senate governed, yet Caesar was hoping to go alongside his new powers to his kinfolk, in particular Octavian. The relevant plotters have been Brutus, Cassius (both former allies of Pompey), and Decimus. The final was once a number one normal and shut good friend of Caesar’s who felt betrayed through the good guy: He was once the mole in Caesar’s camp. yet after the assassination every little thing went improper. The killers left the physique within the Senate and Caesar’s allies held a public funeral. Mark Antony made a super speech—not “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” as Shakespeare had it, yet anything inflammatory that triggered a insurrection. The conspirators fled Rome. Brutus and Cassius raised a military in Greece yet Antony and Octavian defeated them.

An unique, new viewpoint on an occasion that turns out renowned, The loss of life of Caesar is “one of the main riveting hour-by-hour debts of Caesar’s ultimate day i've got read....An completely incredible learn” (The Times, London).

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