THE IDES OF MARCH: The Day Togaed Conspirators Assassinated Julius Caeser

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On this day newly declared dictator, Julius Caeser, was murdered by the Roman Senate.

And now a page from our “Sunday Morning” Almanac: March 15th, 44 B.C., 2,059 years ago today . . . the day a gang of togaed conspirators assassinated Julius Caesar.

A successful general and wily politician, Caesar had been declared dictator for life just the year before.

Fearful of his power, Caesar’s rivals plotted to kill him in the Roman Senate on the Ides of March, and even persuaded Caesar’s protege Brutus to join them.

The story has been told and retold countless times since then, most notably in the play by William Shakespeare.

A 1953 film version featured Louis Calhern as Caesar, and James Mason and John Gielgud as co-conspirators Brutus and Cassius.

Read more: CBS News

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