“Beware the Ides of March” is the famous line that was written by William Shakespear in his play “Julius Caesar.” The phrase marks the day of Caesar’s death, March 15, 44 B.C. After 500 years, Shakespeare’s words remain – branding the iconic phrase with negative connotations and foreboding.
In brief, Julius Caesar was known as one of the greatest military commanders of history and he rose to power rapidly. The Roman Dictator was assassinated by conspiring senators, being stabbed 23 times.
According to Twitter, “The infamous backstabbing of 2060 years ago has inspired countless cultural references, memes, classroom parties and jokes about “Et Tu, Brute?”
Below you can view the various posts that people have tweeted in remembrance of Caesar’s death.
As you can see, the majority of posts are memes and jokes. Digging a little deeper, I found that Caesar was a talented (some would say gifted) speaker from an early age. Some memorable sayings in association with Caesar are the short phrases, “I came, I saw, I conquered” and “In most cases, men willingly believe what they wish.”
On RedditAskHistorians, atmdk7 posted:
Hopefully, this entertaining insight has given you an idea just how great a public speaker Julius Caesar was.
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