Sunday, October 3, 2021

That number, again


 Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme

"The assassination of Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BCE ('the Ides of March' by the Roman system of dating) is the most famous political murder in history ... after a futile attempt to fight back, Caesar pulled his toga over his head and took the twenty-three dagger blows that killed him."

Introduction by Mary Beard to The Age of Caesar: Five Roman Lives, a new translation of Plutarch I am currently reading. 

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