|Most Evil Assassination Ever
Copyright 2023 by Ezra Azra
Public domain art by
Vincenzo Camuccini courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
assassination of Julius Caesar in the City of Rome, over two-thousand
years ago, was, and continues to be, unique in, collectively, at
least seven respects.
is the first recorded assassination of a world leader; in office; in
his Government building place of work; by being stabbed to death; at
least 23 stabbings by many Government conspirator officials;
face-to-face; by a best friend being among his stabbers.
Caesar's best friend was Marcus Junius Brutus. Julius Caesar was
about fifty-five years old when Brutus joined the assassins. Brutus
was about forty-two.
families had been close. Brutus looked up to Caesar from the very
beginning. The closeness of their friendship was demonstrated by some
of the dangerous escapades they had freely chosen to engaged in,
the time of the Roman Empire, shipping on the Mediterranean Ocean was
plagued by Pirates. On an occasion, just for the adventure, Julius
and Marcus, young civilians, decided to thwart a Pirate venture.
vacationing in a small remote port village, the two friends, quite
randomly, came upon a hidden Pirate den ensconced in a cleft in a
rock-face of a stone escarpment rising steeply and high out of the
Aegean Sea. They waited for night. They hauled out all the pirate
booty, ripped open all bags and other containers, and let all
individual items fall into the Aegean, to sink, or float away
another occasion in the City of Rome, a Roman nobleman's slave fell
into a hole that suddenly opened up on a City road. The City
authorities, all born-free Roman merchants, were not about to waste
time and money rescuing a slave, and were intent on filling up the
hole with the slave in it. The merchants calculated it was less
costly to pay the Roman nobleman-owner the price of the slave, and
fill in the hole with the slave in it, than to rescue the slave
before filling in the hole.
and Brutus intervened to pay the Roman nobleman, and to rescue the
slave, before the merchants filled in the hole. Caesar and Brutus
provided their own family slaves to dig out the slave, doing some of
the digging themselves with their noblemen hands.
another occasion, while hiking through a forest far north of the City
of Rome, they came upon a fellow hiker who had been wounded by a wild
animal. He could not walk. They tended his injuries, and offered to
discontinue their hike in order to carry him home, wherever that was.
It was then that he informed them he was a Roman soldier on a secret
Roman army stationed in the country of Gaul, was trapped with its
back to mountains. The enemy Gaul soldiers were preparing an attack
that would wipe out the Roman army. Unknown to the Roman army, they
had access of a tunnel through the mountains.
long-abandoned tunnel had been dug by Roman soldiers, in secret,
many, many years previously, for recreation. Because it had never
been used by soldiers fighting for their lives, it had been
neglected, and forgotten.
soldier's mission was to enter that tunnel at its other end, and to
reach the trapped army. He pleaded with Caesar and Brutus to leave
him there, alone and incapacitated, to his fate, while they completed
his rescue mission. That is what they did. The Roman soldiers escaped
through the tunnel.
eventually conquered Gaul. The tunnel through the mountains became a
lucrative tourist attraction.
another occasion, in Britain. By then, both Caesar and Brutus were
soldiers in one of the world-conquering armies of Rome. Caesar was
the General in command; Brutus was second-in-command. This was over a
century before Emperor Hadrian had a stone wall built across all of
England in the north to keep the Picts from invading.
claimed about his military conquest of England, "I came; I saw;
I conquered." He should have added, 'For the most part; most of
Picts were not Scots. Rome never completely conquered the Picts. The
Picts were still in their homeland centuries after the Roman Empire
had ceased to exist.
Picts eventually disappeared. Nobody knows why. They were the second
People the Roman Empire armies encountered but never conquered. That
was the only reason that after over a century of occupation of
England, the Romans conceded they needed a stone wall to help protect
themselves from the Picts who, after over a century, were still
conducting warlike raids on the English and the Romans in England.
one of those raids Brutus rescued Caesar from certain death. Caesar
suffered from epilepsy. Some historians guess that Caesar's epilepsy
was a consequence of his parents being first cousins.
a battle with the Picts, Caesar suffered a seizure. Brutus remained
at the side of the convulsing Caesar. Brutus took over the command.
He believed the Romans were on the verge of victory. He also knew
that the Picts always had a ferocious suicidal intent when they
suspected they were on the verge of defeat in battle. Romans suffered
the worst casualties in those moments of Pict savage suicidal
ordered his troops to retreat in feigned disarray. The disarray
stalled the Picts in their perplexity. Brutus used the moments of
Pict absence to drag himself and the unconscious Caesar into bushes.
The Roman soldiers having abandoned the battle, the Picts left, also,
in disgust at what they interpreted as abject cowardice they spurned
remained with the barely conscious Caesar in his arms in the bushes
until nightfall, before he struggled back to camp with Caesar
beginning to recover.
Caesar conquered Egypt when Cleopatra was queen, and annexed it as a
Province of Rome. Caesar made Brutus the Governor of Egypt.
wives of Julius Caesar and Marcus Junius Brutus were related.
Calpurnia, Caesar's wife, was aunt to Portia, the wife of Brutus.
Neither marriage produced children.
were rumours, never proved, that Caesar had a child by Cleopatra,
queen of Egypt, as did Roman Generals Pompey, Marc Antony, Brutus,
and Octavius Caesar, first Emperor of Rome. By rumour alone, the
queen of Egypt seems to have been a conniving scheming slut who,
nonetheless, managed to keep her kingdom independent within the Roman
Empire. That independence came to an end forever when Queen Cleopatra
the realm of professional Politics, the assassination of Julius
Caesar by his best friend Marcus Junius Brutus, over two-thousand
years ago, continues to be the most evil Political murder ever.
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