Julius Caesar 's Assassination And The Fall Of The Roman Republic

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The 15th of March 44 BCE, also known as the Ides of March marks an important moment and turning point in history as the day of Julius Caesar’s assassination and the fall of the Roman Republic. At Caesar’s assassination, the 500-year-old republic was severely destabilised in a series of civil wars, executions and political conflict. Caesar was reportedly stabbed 23 times by approximately 60 members of the Republic Senate, who had feared his growing power and recent title of dictator. By the act of sharing the guilt of his death among them, the assailants believed they had saved the Roman Republic, when in fact they had actually begun its complete undoing.

Following Caesar’s brutal and cold-blooded assassination, there was an immediate panic that consumed the Senate. Amidst this, Brutus desperately attempted to address the discordant Senate and give what he considered valid reasons for such a controversial conspiracy, seeking to convince his fellow Senators that the deed was one of great liberty and honour, that they should all feel pride at eradicating such an obvious threat to the Republic. Those of the Senate who weren 't involved in the tyrannicide however, refused to listen, fleeing the chambers in fear of the Plebeian mobs that were sure to come when the treasonous act was discovered.

The major problems for the conspirators turned out not only to lie within the outrage and wrath of the citizens, but within simple mistakes they had foolishly overlooked in the carrying…

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