15
Mar
2011

Ides of March

So, we have just passed the 15th of March, the day in our calendar that marks the assassination of Julius Caesar.
44 B.C. Gaius Julius Caesar was stabbed multiple times by members of a conspiring group of senators and collaborators,
who did not wish for Caesar to have an absolute authority over their state. Caesar had already been declared dictator for
life, which was the equivalent of Adolf Hitler becoming Chancellor in Germany and then becoming head of the country and
abrogating the positions of power that hold that position’s power in check. — Thereby eliminating the Chancellor’s political
office in Germany.

The term for Dictator in Rome during the 1st century B.C. was usually reserved for military or social emergencies, (such as war with Carthage) and that position
was elected and re-elected (or rather appointed and voted upon) by the Senate every two years. It was a giant placement of trust to give a man as influential and established as Julius Caesar the power that comes with being declared “Dictator for Life.” Especially giving that title to the man who controls the army, and also holds the office of Consul, and was the equivalent of being the head of the Province of Gaul.

Furthermore, it is important to remember that to avoid any “political” issues of dissension, even the Divine Augustus, Julius Caesar’s adopted nephew took the title “Princeps” Which means “the Prince” or something roughly equivalent to the “Head of State.”
Augustus retained much more power this way, and had better liberties with getting building projects and military funding passed through the Senatorial body.
Therefore, by making it appear that he was not someone that the Senate was forced to “bow” to, he put himself in a position to be viewed as the one who could speak to the Senate as an equal on behalf of the people and the military men.

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