March 15th, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?


Enough celebrating Pi day, it is now the 15th day of the month of Mars. The date is famous because it was on the Ides of March in 44 BCE that some dictator for life had an end to his short reign. Boo-hoo, right?

Tom has a few of the useful links and sources about the death of Gaius Julius Caesar. However, his famous last words are a bit confused. They were most famously put by Shakespeare in Latin, “Et tu, Brute?“, but our sources say that he either said nothing or said, in Greek,  “καὶ σύ, τέκνον;” (“And you, brother?”) The statement comes from Suetonius, and he was doubtful of those reports.

In the meanwhile, I’m reading the biography of one person that was not part of the conspiracy to kill Caesar* but was a witness to his bloody death, Marcus Tullius Cicero. In the meantime, veni, vidi, vici.

*The name ‘Caesar’ comes from the word meaning to cut and is the root for the term caesarean section. However, Caesar was not himself born that way, and instead it was an ancestor of his, according to Pliny the Elder. So let’s clear that up.

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