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In Foro Romano

Iden des März (Idus Martiae)

Salvete plurimum!
Nomen mihi est Magister Craft.
Hodie fabulam de Idibus Martiis discetis.
Olim erat vir nomine Gaius Iulius Caesar.
Caesar fortis et sapiens erat.
Maximus dux exercitus erat.
Sed senatoribus Caesar non placebat.
Minime.
Senatores Caesarem timebant.
Senatores putabant Caesarem regem esse velle.
Itaque, senatores Caesarem interficere volebant.
Idibus Martiis Caesar domi cum uxore erat.
Illo die in curiam ire debebat.
Caesar ire nolebat.
Illo die Caesar aegrotabat.
Uxor etiam illa nocte somnium malum habebat.
In somnio domus Caesaris cecidit et
Caesar a viris interfectus est.
Uxor timebat.
Advenit amicus Caesaris.
Et paulo post Caesar cum amico ad curiam iit.
Haruspex Spurinna Caesarem monuit.
“Caesar! Caesar! Cave Idus Martias!”
Sed Caesar risit.
In curia Cimber Caesarem pulsavit.
Caesar dixit, “Ista quidem vis est!”
Et fere omnes senatores Caesarem confoderunt.
Caesar interfectus est.
Parricidium fuit.
Postea populus Romanus valde tristis erat.
Populus curiam incendit.
Ecce finis fabulae Iduum Martiarum.
Valete!
Cavete!

Ceasar revealed (BBC 2018) — Julius Caesar is the most famous Roman of them all: brutal conqueror, dictator and victim of a gruesome assassination on the Ides of March 44 BC. 2,000 years on, he still shapes the world. He has given us some political slogans we still use today (Crossing the Rubicon), his name lives on in the month of July, and there is nothing new about Vladmir Putin’s carefully cultivated military image, and no real novelty in Donald Trump’s tweets and slogans.
Mary Beard is on a mission to uncover the real Caesar, and to challenge public perception. She seeks the answers to some big questions. How did he become a one-man ruler of Rome? How did he use spin and PR on his way to the top? Why was he killed? And she asks some equally intriguing little questions. How did he conceal his bald patch? Did he really die, as William Shakespeare put it, with the words Et tu, Brute on his lips? Above all, Mary explores his surprising legacy right up to the present day. Like it or not, Caesar is still present in our everyday lives, our language, and our politics. Many dictators since, not to mention some other less autocratic leaders, have learned the tricks of their trade from Julius Caesar.