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Julius Caesar, Chapter 80: Julius Caesar murdered. The conspiracy.[44 BC]
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It was this that led the conspirators to hasten in carrying out their designs, in order to avoid giving their assent to this proposal. Therefore the plots which had previously been formed separately, often by groups of two or three, were united in a general conspiracy, since even the populace no longer were pleased with present conditions, but both secretly and openly rebelled at his tyranny and cried out for defenders of their liberty. On the admission of foreigners to the Senate, a placard was posted: God bless the Republic! let no one consent to point out the Senate to a newly made senator. The following verses too were sung everwhere: |
--- Caesar led the Gauls in triumph,
led them to the senate house; Then the Gauls put off their breeches,
and put on the Latus Clavus.
When Quintus Maximus, whom he had appointed consul in his place for three months, was entering the theatre, and his lictor called attention to his arrival in the usual manner, a general shout was raised: He's no consul! At the first election after the deposing of Marullus and Caesetius, the tribunes, several votes were found for their appointment as consuls. Some wrote on the base of the statue of Lucius Brutus,
Oh, that you were still alive;
and on that of Caesar himself:
-- - 'First of all was Brutus consul,
since he drove the kings from Rome;
Since this man drove out the consuls,
he at last is made our king.
More than sixty joined the conspiracy against him, led by Gaius Cassius and Marcus and Decimus Brutus. At first they hesitated whether to form two divisions at the elections in the Campus Martius, so that while some hurled him from the bridge [the Pons Suffragiorum, a temporary bridge of planks over which the voters passed one by one, to cast their ballots] as he summoned the tribes to vote, the rest might wait below and slay him; or to set upon him in the Via Sacra or at the entrance to the theatre. When, however, a meeting of the Senate was called for the Ides of March in the curia adjoining the theatre of Pompey, they readily gave that time and place the preference.
Event: Julius Caesar murdered