Today we mourn the death of Gaius Julius Caesar, assassinated in 44 BC by vile & perfidious traitors. The military giant who 3 years prior had proclaimed his victory over Pharnaces, with the immortal slogan, "Veni, Vidi, Vici", had been warned to "beware the Ides of March" and was betrayed by the cowardly Brutus & his villainous cohorts.
It befell to his trusted second-in-command, Marcus Antonius, (in Shakespeare's play) to sum & encapsulate the prevailing mood in Rome after this abominable act:
And Caesar's spirit, raging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war,
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.