"Beware the Ides of March" - Commemorating Julius Caesar's Assassination in the Eternal City

Beware the Ides of March!

Since today is exactly 2,063 years since the assassination of Julius Caesar (44 BCE, I believe) I’ve decided to visit Rome’s Teatro de Largo, where the Gruppo Storico Romano is putting on a historical re-enactment of the dramatic events that occurred, leading up to the death of the ‘Dictator Perpetuo.’ This open-air performance takes place annually and, I am told, is always crowded. After the Emperor’s murder, his body is taken away but the fun doesn’t end there - a funeral procession follows, culminating at the Temple of Divus Julius (in the heart of the Roman Forum).

Rather than bore you to death with a long, drawn-out historical explanation for the events of this day, I’m attaching a few photos of the scene…

1.. Here are the crowds at Teatro de Largo, jostling for space as the event begins. I had to move around quite a bit to find spaces to peek through (if you want a bird’s eye view, get there at least 30 minutes before the performance begins).

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2. Members of the Roman Forum gathering together before the fateful assassination takes place…

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3. The drama intensifies…

4. Caesar’s body is wrapped in a regal red cloth and carried away…

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5. The funeral procession organises itself, with the body surrounded by trusted guards…

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6. Carried by Roman guards, the body of Caesar is lifted up and sets off from Teatro de Largo to the Forum, through the streets of Rome…

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7. It’s the end of a long afternoon and one of the group, still in costume, is preparing to head off for a beer…

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