It was the year 44 BC and Julius Caesar was at the top of his game, or so he thought. A respected seer had predicted his assassination on the Ides of March (March 15). As he walked to the Theater of Pompey for a meeting of the Senate, he saw the seer in the crowd. He said in a cocky way, “See, everything is fine with me!” She warned, “The day is not yet over!” At the theater, all 60 senators led by Cassius and Brutus were waiting to stab Cesar with the knives hidden in their togas. On that day Julius Cesar breathed his last breath being stabbed by men he counted as friends.
Statue just outside the Forum which can be seen in the background.
Here is the statute to Julius Cesar standing just outside his Forum. And each year, flowers are laid at his feet, on the ground around him, or on his grave in the Forum to commemorate the turning point in Roman history when the Roman Republic became the Roman Empire at the death of Cesar. Ironically, the senators killed him because they feared he was going to declare himself king. And his adopted son, Augustus later did that very thing.
Flowers on the grave inside the Forum.
I have visions of people my age, who were required to study Latin for preparation for college, placing flowers to honor the great general. All I can remember in way of tribute is one grand statement Cesar made after a successful battle:
“Veni, Vidi, Vici!” I came, I saw, I conquered!
This Is the Ides of March in Roma !
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