Friday, March 15, 2013

Eid Mar - Beware The Ides of March

The assassination of Julius Caesar and today, the Ides of March, was forever immortalized by the conspirators in his death by their striking of a coin, a silver denarius, to commemorate the deed.

The cap of liberty flanked on each side by the daggers that did Julius Caesar in at the Forum.

Of course, it didn't quite work out as the conspirators hoped.

Instead of a return to thier cherished ideal of the better classes ruling with the Roman Senate supreme and no one man predominant, it instead led to a series of bloody civil wars that went on for 14 years, starting in 44 BC and culminating in 30 BC.

The wars resulted in the rise of Octavian as First Citizen and Augustus - the first of the Roman Emperors ansd the end of the dominant power of the Roman Senate.

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