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Regardless of the plan’s intent, for the Senators who thought they were freeing the Republic from a tyrant, executing Caesar turned out to be one of those historical stupendously bad ideas. First, all the conspirators met a horrible end. Suetonius states that none survived Caesar by more than three years; Mark Anthony and Octavian saw to that. Second, Caesar’s death led to the exact opposite of what the self-proclaimed Liberatores set out to achieve. With opposition in the Senate dead (literally), a few years of civil war and the ensuing desire for security, Caesar’s nephew and appointed heir Octavian managed to take power, deify his uncle, and change his name to Caesar Augustus. Republic, exeunt left… Empire, enter right. So much for restoration.
Just history, right? Some must still feel strongly about it. Pay attention (be aware?) on the Ides of March in Rome and you’ll see the flowers that some people leave in commemoration at the feet of the statue of Caesar each year.
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