By Maria O'Matz
Painting of Caesar's assassination, by Vincenzo Camuccini
ROME, ITALY- Julius Caesar was assassinated yesterday in the Senate-house of Rome. The stabbing was witnessed to be led by Marcus Junius Brutus and his small group of conspirators.
Caesar had plans to visit Rome's Senate-house, but friends of the dictator persuaded him to stay safe, away from the public. His wife, Calpurina quoted, "I had these dreams. I was extremely frightened of the visions I had. I begged him not to go."
Despite his wife's warnings, Caesar was persuaded by one of his close acquaintances, Brutus, to continue on with his public appearance.
Once Caesar entered the Senate-house, the attack began. Brutus and his conspirators grabbed Caesar by his toga and stabbed him multiple times.
Some investigators believe that Caesar's change in political views led to the assassination.
In the very early stages of Rome, Etruscan kings had fallen and Rome's population settled into two groups. Plebeians were the lower class, and patricians consisted of the upper class.
From the beginning, patricians had most political power. The Senate was made up of patrician elders.
The plebeian group fought for more political rights, and the group ended up with tribunes. These elected plebeian officials could create few laws and could veto laws created by the Senate.
The Republic political views kept on for many years, only electing a temporary dictator in an emergency. This changed when rulers such as Julius Caesar began dictatorship. Dictatorship lead on to Caesar expanding the Roman Republic. "He must have died an accomplished man," Calpurina remarked.
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First of all, I would like to thank you for the wonderful responses you have been replying to for all of the citizens of Rome to benefit from. Your answer last Tuesday lead to many compliments for my toga and bright orange sash combination. How creative! Anyways, I have been struggling with making my husband joyful after the dramatic assassination of Julius Caesar. All throughout his reign, my husband has been sticking with his political opinions and has been faithful to the dictatorship Caesar has brought to Rome. Ever since the news spread, he has been so disappointed and depressed by the death of a great conqueror. He feels that the empire may collapse or war may break out upon Italy. I do not know how to deal with the news and if my beloved husband will be back to himself anytime soon! Please help!
-Uneasy in Italy
Dear Uneasy in Italy,
I am extremely sorry for this tough point in your marriage. Unfortunately, dramatic events like these will always interfere with daily life. Although your husband may be down in the dumps about the sudden disappointment, it should be temporary. Someday not very far from now, he will most likely be back to normal, just as long as people treat him as they did before, and love surrounds him every minute of this tough time. I can tell by your dedication that you will always care for him and remember, with courage and dedication, the darker days will pass.
With best wishes, Aelia
One of Caesar's many victories towards expanding the Roman Republic