Ides of March 44 BC

Today we mourn the passing of Gaius Julius Caesar, cut down in his prime by toadies pretending to be tyrannicides. Probably the greatest of military leaders, Caesar showed clemency to his defeated enemies but was rewarded by being stabbed 23 times by 60 senators. He reformed Rome’s institutions, the calendar, brought Gaul into the empire and could be a model for reforming Australian government.

Vale Caesar

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36 Responses to Ides of March 44 BC

  1. Win

    History repeats .Trump has been stabbed by his senate too. FiveRepublicans joined to cancel the state of emergency.

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    The deep staters are pernicious. They arranged for Jesus to be executed too.

  3. BoyfromTottenham

    No good deed goes unpunished. Cynical but so often true.

  4. How about using him as a model for reforming Australia’s K-12 curriculum away from the vision laid out here. https://theconversation.com/students-striking-for-climate-action-are-showing-the-exact-skills-employers-look-for-113546

    “Skills, values, and attitudes” should NOT be the aim of education unless we are all to be ruled in a way that. I believe, would have appalled even Julius Caesar

  5. calli

    Yes. Yes.

    But what role did Tony Abbott play in this?

  6. calli

    We are talking metaphorically about the Fall of Potential Greatness aren’t we?

  7. Not Uh oh

    If he was here the only difference to what happened in Rome would be that there would also be a female senator stabbing him.

  8. Mark M

    If only Caesar, who wasn’t afraid of a tax or two, had a carbon (sic) tax, history might be different …

    Archaeologists find first evidence for Julius Caesar’s invasion of Britain 

    Thanet has never been considered as a possible landing site before because it was separated from the mainland until the Middle Ages by the Wanstum Channel.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/11/29/archaeologists-find-first-evidence-julius-caesars-invasion-britain/

  9. hzhousewife

    Showing the exact skills employers are looking for?

    ha ha ha ha

    We’d settle for someone who at the end of the day, can empty the paper bins into the yellow recycle wheelie, and the plastic bin into the red rubbish wheelie !

  10. Mother Lode

    Julius was certainly a dashing figure and a brilliant general – his conquest of Transalpine Gaul an astounding feat, although seemingly motivated by personal ambition. His interest in

    The less dazzling Augustus went the hard yards and rebuilt Rome after the Civil Wars putting it on a firm administrative and financial footing.

    Hence the Golden Augustan Age.

    The most interesting historical times are generally the ones where the ordinary people suffer most. They flourish far more in in settled times without the upheavals that justify chapter headings in history books.

    Even you Cincinnatus, having defeated the Aequi, just wanted to go back to your farm.

  11. areff

    Vercingeterix might beg to differ.

  12. Tom

    What sort of a name is Julius?

  13. Up The Workers!

    Bah! Humbug!

    The bloke was a wimp.

    He had a salad named after him.

    Just another sandal-wearing Mung-Beaner.

    Probably voted Green.

    (He’d make a good colander, though)

  14. Up The Workers!

    To Tom, who asks: “What sort of a name is ‘Julius’?”

    ‘Julius’ was the proper name of that great American philosopher also known as “Groucho” Marx.

    He was of course the younger sibling of the famous comedian named Karl Marx (also known as “Commo”).

    Good to see that Mr. and Mrs. Caesar Snr. had a sense of humour.

  15. Dr Fred Lenin

    Poor ole Jules , I told ya not to trust them crony capitalists ,ya shoulda wiped them off the face of the earth years ago, ya can never trust them sleazy pollies ,deceitfull lying buggers they are .

    Things havent changed just ask turnbull .

  16. Mother Lode

    What sort of a name is Julius?

    Probably why he preferred to go by the name Gaius – which sounds like a Latinised version of ‘Guy’.

  17. Gavin R Putland

    Ides of March, 1819 (200 years ago today): Augustin Fresnel is adjudged the winner of the Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences for his celebrated Memoir on the Diffraction of Light.

    (Declaration of interest: I [re]wrote the Wikipedia article on Fresnel. I note without apology that it’s about as long as the article on Napoleon, and longer than the one on Julius Caesar.)

  18. Overburdened

    In spite of the prime stock for such treatment Australia has had as leader in recent times, it is the current Pm’s Fate to be struck down.
    I imagine a sudden and brutal finish would be preferable to the slow drowning/ death by a thousand cuts methods being applied.

  19. Chris M

    Probably the greatest of military leaders

    Nah, King Cyrus!

  20. TBH

    There’s an interesting series on Netflix about ‘ole Julius and it spends some considerable time talking about his conquest of Gaul. A remarkable victory indeed.

  21. Dr Fred Lenin

    Mother Lode , you might ask what sort of woman names her boy child Julie Ann Burnside ?

  22. Boambee John

    Dr Fred

    Cousin to A Boy Named Sue?

  23. You can get a bunch of senators to stab ’em in the back, or a whole lot of us can come out on election day with baseball bats in hand…..a la’ Keating.
    I’ll be cracking some Liberal skulls like watermelons on election day.

  24. Jock

    History shows that “Big July” was a typical Roman “Princeps'”. Power was only attainable with vast wealth. The Triumvirate was made up of Crassus the richest man in Rome and Pompey Magnus and Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesaris; the Juli was the Clan name).

    When Caesar crossed the Rubicon it was after pillaging all the gold he could find in Gaul and Helvetia and enslaving near a million folk. Like all good empires in the ancient world the basis for power was loot and wealth. Vespasian built the Colosseum from the gold he looted from the Jewish Temple (you know the one that was there before the Muslim “holy” thing) and again from enslaving the jews . (after Titus had crucified tens of thousand outside the walls of jerusalem).

    So what modern economic systems match Big Julies? Communism and Fascism.

  25. Percy Popinjay

    Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
    I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
    The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones;
    So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
    Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
    Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest–
    For Brutus is an honourable man;
    So are they all, all honourable men–
    Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man.
    He hath brought many captives home to Rome
    Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
    Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
    When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man.
    You all did see that on the Lupercal
    I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
    Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And, sure, he is an honourable man.
    I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.
    You all did love him once, not without cause:
    What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
    O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
    My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.

  26. Glenn Ellis

    Was he stabbed 23 times by each senator or did each senator stab him “just a bit” adding up to 23 times total?

  27. What sort of a name is Julius?

    Aldi has dog food called Julius.

  28. Bruce

    It being the Ides of March, it seems appropriate to dust this one off:

  29. Jock

    Bruce

    Thanks I recall my Latin teacher playing this for us in 1970. I love it when the Dick asks the barkeep for a Martinus. The Barkeeper says “you mean a Martini” ? The Dick says” if I wanted two I would have said”.

    Percy, I prefer Caesar saying ” I am as constant as the Northern Star”. Our politicians could never say that.

    What we need is a Sulla and a bit of Proscription!!

  30. CC

    “Greatest of military leaders”!

    I think Temujin might have a slightly better claim to that title.

  31. Leo G

    Caesar showed clemency to his defeated enemies but was rewarded by being stabbed 23 times by 60 senators.

    The Gauls must have appreciated his clemency in only killing 20%, enslaving 20% abroad and subjugating the rest of the Gaulish people who had requested his help in deterring Helvetii invaders.

  32. What sort of a name is Julius?

    It’s better than “Biggus Dickus”
    (boom tishhhh)

  33. Leo G

    Caesar (to the soothsayer): The Ides of March are come.
    Soothsayer: Nay, Caesar; the Ides are two days gone. Don’t you know your own calendar? Forget about the damned Pope Gregory 13 correction, that won’t happen for another 1625 years.

  34. John A

    Good one Bruce, but after over 50 years, I regret to say that I can probably still recite the 20 minute LP version, including

    My fee is 125 drachmas a day.
    Fx: Sound of coins pouring out…
    Your’e one short.
    Fx: Clink of one coin.
    You have a good ear.
    When it comes to money – perfect pitch.

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