On March 15, 44 B.C, exactly 2,062 years ago today, the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar, was assassinated by his own senators who stabbed him repeatedly at a meeting in a hall located near the famous Pompey’s Theater.
According to historical reports, the conspiracy against Caesar encompassed as many as sixty noblemen (Senators), including Caesar’s own protege, Marcus Brutus.
Julius Caesar truly lived by the sward and died by the sward. He was stabbed 23 times by his assailant mob of senators.
The dictator had on the eve of his murder appointed loyal members of his army to rule the Roman Empire in his absence as he prepared to leave Rome to fight in a war on March 18.
However, the Republican Senators were angry at the prospect of taking orders from Caesar’s subordinates as he has directed them to do in his absence.
It is on record that Cassius Longinus started the plot against the Caesar and that he recruited his brother-in-law Marcus Brutus to join forces with him.
It was when Marcus Brutus, the dictator’s favorite protege, stabbed his principal, that Caesar uttered the famous phrase “Et tu Brute?” meaning “Even you, Brutus?”