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...JULIUS CAESAR IS ASSASSINATED!
Reenacted by the Gruppo Storico Romano at Largo del Torre Argentina, Rome 2013 - as close as allowed to the original murder site. Caesar, according to history, was stabbed 23 times by senators during an assembly in the Curia of Pompey's Theatre (now ruins) on 15 March 44 B.C.
At the time of Caesar this area was known as Campo Marzio and didn't take the name Largo del Torre Argentina until the 15th Century when a fellow from Strasbourg built a villa with large tower on this site - the explanation of this is that Strasbourg in Latin was Argentoratum and he was referred to by locals as "Argentoratina". This original tower and building still exist and are visible, but having been both damaged and developed over time they now blend with surrounding buildings. The more noticable tower in the area is the Medieval Torre del Papito (Tower of the Little Pope). However, it is most probably named after the family who owned it: the Papareschi, and not, as was first thought, that it was named after the Antipope Anacletus II, who was short in stature.
So, what exactly are the Ides of March? Well, the Ides (lat. Idus Martii or Idus Martiae) was a day on the Roman calendar corresponding to 15th March, which was a day of religious observances but mostly notable as a deadline for settling debts - poor old Julius Caesar made the date notorius when he was brutally stabbed to death on 15 March in 44 BC, which in turn set off a chain of events marking a change in history - the period known as the Roman Republic would transition into the Roman Empire. Some citizens were pleased, others were not; but history had struck a new course!
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