Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ides of March

Rome was a republic. Rome did not have a king but was ruled by the Senate.

Julius Caesar (July 13, 100 BC – March 15, 44 BC) was a general who conquered many countries for Rome. Caesar returned to Rome with his army and decided that he wanted to be the Emperor. The Romans did not want a king or an emperor to rule Rome. They were not happy that Caesar had so much power.

On the Ides of March - meaning the middle of that month - March 15 44 BC, Caesar was called to the Senate and was killed by a group of people including some Senators who had been his good friends before he died.

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