Julius Caesar – The assassination of the Roman commander in Rome

The murder of the Roman general and statesman, was a conspiracy of several Roman senators, notably led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Cassius Longinus, and Decimus Brutus, at the end of the Roman Republic. They stabbed Caesar to death in the Theatre of Pompey on the Ides of March 44 BC.

Archaeological site close to where Julius Caesar was killed / Image source

Lucius Tillius Cimber was one of the assassins of Julius Caesar. His role was to set the stage for the attack by presenting to Caesar a petition to recall Cimber’s exiled brother Publius. According to Plutarch and Suetonius, Caesar gestured him away, but Cimber grabbed hold of him by the shoulders and pulled down Caesar’s tunic. Caesar then cried to Cimber “Why, this is violence!” . At the same time, Servilius Casca produced his dagger and made a glancing thrust at the dictator’s neck but instead hit his shoulder.

Within moments, the entire group, including Brutus, were stabbing the dictator. Caesar attempted to get away, but, blinded by blood in his eyes, he tripped and fell the men continued stabbing him as he lay defenseless on the lower steps of the portico. According to Eutropius, sixty or more men participated in the assassination. Caesar was stabbed 23 times.

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