The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination
Despised and hailed, Julius Caesar emerges as a central figure of antiquity, attracting the interest of notable authors and numerous researchers.Yet, although there might be at least as many publications on Caesar’s violent death as on his lifetime achievements, the famous assassination is still shrouded in misconception and controversy.
In his latest book The Death of Caesar, Barry Strauss, a professor of history and classics at Cornell, approaches various sources from the point of view of a military historian, focusing in great detail on the strategic moves and key moments that surrounded one of history’s pivotal acts – the brutal stabbing of Julius Caesar by a band of conspiring senators on the Ides of March.
- What are the most reliable written accounts and factual sources of what happened on the Ides of March?
- What were the reasons behind the conspiracy against Caesar?
- What was the complexity of Roman politics?
- How did a group of 60 Senators manage to keep the planned murder in secrecy?
- What was the strategy of the plot against Caesar and was he informed about it?
- Who was Brutus in reality?
- What are the myths that surround what happened on the day of Caesar’s death?
- What is the historical evidence of Caesar’s final words?
- Were there any portents and omens about the killing?
- Did Cicero and Mark Anthony know about the plot?
- What was the aftermath of Caesar’s death?