To kill, or Not To Kill?

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears. Today seems just a good day as any to talk about Julius Caesar’s death, or assasination, as you will soon come to know, if you didn't already. Trust us, we know how history can sometimes can a little heavy for our pretty little heads, so we decided to switch things up a little today. So let’s begin shall we?

First, we'll delve a little into some background stuff that will clearly explain why Caesar was assassinated. Julius Caesar's death was so notable that William Shakespeare decided to immortalise it. The power struggle that was rampant of the time, and pretty much the cause for all this, is not something that is foreign or ancient to us. In fact, through analysis and deeper thinking, it is noticeable how power struggles are just as rampant in today's society as well, although not as dramatic. The hunger for power is what led Caesar to be assassinated at that time. Despite the persuasive allure of his charm, he was assassinated due to the arrogance and greed that came with his need for power. His power had led him to have illogical methods of dealing with Rome and he declared himself Dictator for life. It was his friends and his enemies who realised that in order for Rome to flourish as a country, Caesar needed to be stopped. Due to his self-declaration of his power, it was impossible to overthrow him. As such, an extreme measure of assassination was derived. 

Next, let me introduce the characters. We have Caesar, of course, ever astute and noble, as some might say. (He’s the guy everyone wants to kill tho….) During his time, Julius Ceasar was hailed as a hero.  He boasted of killing almost two million people in fifty battles, and seeing that as an accomplishment, hailed himslef as dictator for life, otherwise known as Dictator Perpetuo, for those of you who know the ancient roman language (but who does, really). While he was Dictator Perpetuo, he transformed himslef from being basically a military genius, to being a leader who was able to lead the Republic. He made a lot of reforms that were particularly amazing to the commoners, like providing jobs through public work projects, and even building a library.

Unbeknownst to him though, although he was loved by many of the commoners, he was hated by his enemies and even some of his friends as they paniced at the thought of him really being Dictator for life. His enemies and some of his friends saw that they would no longer have a say about the ongoings of rome as they felt caesar was a tyrant, and that rome would fall under his ruling.

From this unhappiness, a conspiracy was born. There were four conpsirators, Gaius Trebonius, Demecius Brutus, Cassius and Marcus Brutus. They werent the only four who killed Caesar, but the four of them were the main people who created the plot to kill him. The “ringleaders”, if i may. The four of them had their own slefish reasons for wanting to kill Caesar.

What we have done is we have reenacted the scene of their plotting and assiasination of Caesar over text. We have decided to do it in a more modern way, and we have therefore chosen to reenact this scene over text messages between the four ringleaders.

This is where Gaius Trebonius and Demecius Brutus talk to each other and come up with the plot to kill Caesar and decide to ask the other two to join them.

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So Demecius Brutus goes on to text Cassius and asks them to collaborate, and Cassius asks Marcus Brutus and reports back to the other Brutus. From there, the four of them are collaborating and coming up with a plot.

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Right before the planned assasination, Ceasar was met with some omens. For one, he was being warned about his eminent death, but he ignore it.

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Well obviously, the ringleaders were not able to text and talk about it during the assasination but this is what they discussed after,

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This is where the conversation (scene) ends.

From this, we can see that the assasination was planned way in advance, and honestly in our opinion, without much plan for an actual attack. We can infer this as we see that all the men who attacked Caesar just attacked him as much as they could, and caused him to be stabbed 23 times. A few of the men themselves got injured, which is akin to fighting in war, where they just attack whatever comes along their way.

The next time you hear someone talk about Julius Caesar's death, turn to them and confidently say "You too, child." (and then run away becuase they would probably attack you).

Thank you and we hope you enjoyed our post!