Monday, November 21, 2005

Julius Caesar - The Assassination

Julius Caesar - The Assassination. Wow! HBO Rome ended last night. As expected, Caesar meet his end at the hands of assassins. I did not figure that the writers would change history and let Caesar live but strange things happen on TV sometimes.

As Brutus approached Caesar and placed the final blow, Caesar did not say, "Et tu, Brutus?" I guess this is just from Shakespeare and not a real historical quote as HBO left it out.

I think the second season of HBO Rome will focus on Marc Anthony seizing power and bringing all the assassins to justice. At the same time, we will see the maturation of Octavian and the start of his conflict with Anthony. Perhaps the third season will show the war between Anthony and Octavian and Octavian's triumph as the Emperor Augustus? Roman history is rich and there is a lot that this series can do with it.

I have blogged a brief article on the assassination of Julius Caesar. There is a lot out there on this (including some more detailed articles) but this is a good overview.

From the site:

In 44 BCE Caesar started planning a campaign against the Parthian empire. Why is not known, but it could be that he didn't feel safe or at ease in Rome, that he preferred the life with his soldiers in the military camp, or that he still wanted more conquest with the personal honour and glory it brought with it. In either case, the Parthian campaign was not to be.

On the 15th of March (the famous Ides of March) he was called to a meeting in the senate, a meeting held in the Theatre of Pompey to discuss the preparations for the war against Parthia.

On his arrival he was surrounded by a group of senators who pulled out knives from under their togas and stabbed him to death. Caesar was left dead on the floor at the feet of a statue of his friend and enemy Pompey.

The conspirators, who were led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, both followers of Pompey pardoned by Caesar after Pharsalus, rushed to the Forum Romanum, still covered in Caesar's blood, to be hailed as tyrannicides and saviours of the Republic. Caesar's co-consul Marcus Antonius and M. Aemilius Lepidus, both close allies of Caesar, and the senators not involved in the assassination, went into hiding not knowing what to expect, but the conspirators had no plans for what to do after the assassination.


Anonymous said...

You did a great job at telling us about the television show. Thanks.

anoninon said...

how many historians do you think HBO have working for them and how many do you think are competent.
ceaser, when approached by brutus did, according to reports. say to brutus in greek `you too my son`. the second point is that octavian was infact out of rome at the time of ceasers assasination in illycrum. ceaser was reproached by a `soothsayer` a day earlier but he dismissed it. and his wife also warned him about the assasination. also attia didnt have a clue what was going on. you do a great commentry on the telivision shows but if you prefer to stick to history i suggest that you find proper referances.

Miland said...

"ceaser was reproached by a `soothsayer` a day earlier but he dismissed it."

And the National Enquirer makes lots of grim predictions too. Will future historians ignore the 99% of the time that the tabloid was wrong and claim the 1% successful predictions as great prophecy? And then as historical fact?

How many times did those old soothsayers make inaccurate predictions? History ignores those and highlights that one successful guess!

"when approached by brutus did, according to reports. say to brutus in greek `you too my son`."

This quote is dramatic but very much at doubt. Please do some research yourself. No one may ever really know. However, I admit it is rather dramatic and it sounds good.

Anonymous said...

Are they going to all include that he created a triumvirate that included Pompey and Crassus not just say they were his mortal enemies i mean really?... thats a big part of it