Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Greatest Roman of them All

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.


Comrade Tovya said...

It's funny you mentioned Caesar. We actually gave our third son the middle name of his grand-nephew, Octavian--a.k.a., Augustus Caesar.

I've always been enamored with Roman history for some reason.

Julius Caesar and Napoleon are my two favorite military minds in history. They were brilliant strategists, who were well ahead of their time.

They had an incredible ability to capture the hearts and minds of the common man.

Carlos Echevarria said...

Comrade, we have A LOT in common!

I too adore Caesar and, great minds think alike, huh?

Fascinating how you named your son Octavian, whose reign was recognized as one of the greatest in Roman history!

Thanks for taking the time to comment here, I really appreciate you coming to my site as often as you do.

Take care buddy...

Sinistar said...

What? No love for Scipio Africanus?