Thursday, July 26, 2012

Julius Caesar’s Assassination – three versions

We all know about Shakespeare’s version of the assassination and the events leading up to it. The soothsayer’s warning to beware the ides of March, Caesar’s poignant last words, “Et tu, Brute?” and the stirring “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears” oration by Mark Antony. But what really happened on that fateful day?

Today we compared three sources written closer to the time of Caesar’s reign, by Suetonius, Plutarch, and Nicolaus of Damascus.  I’m looking forward to reading your editorials, arguing whether or not Caesar deserved to be assassinated.