As I'm sure you know, I kinda love Julius Caesar.
So one of the best parts about traveling to Rome for me was going places where he lived and hang out in spaces he hung out. I loved it.
This is a statue of Caesar that's right along a main street whose name I don't remember. Behind him is the ancient forum. He's staring off at Hadrian's marketplace. I love this picture.
Everyone knows that he was stabbed in the senate building by a bunch of small minded, murderous jerks, but what most people don't know is it wasn't the senate building you're thinking of. that one had burned up a bit in some fire and was being repaired at the time. The senate was meeting in the theatre of Pompey, and it was right under a state of his old friend that his ultimate traitors stabbed him over and over.
These are photos from the first time I saw it in 2007 and the second time, when I drug Hannah along with me in 2011. Both times I stood there for a really long time trying to soak it in and be there a little bit.
The second time I went, the area was full of archaeology in action. I found out later they uncovered that state of Pompey. I love history. And in Italy it's so all over the place people take it for granted. It's awesome.
Ok so back in the days when Caesar was killed (44 BC), people kind of believed in gods in a very different way than we do today. And after Caesar was killed, they made him a god and built him a temple. How much did they really think he was a god? and how much was it just like when a sports star gets his number retired? I do not know because I was not there but man you know I wish I were.
(But only temporarily.)
So they built a temple for him around the pyre on which they burned his body. It was right in the middle of the forum. It still is.
Can you read this? Mr Lane can. It says Julius Caesar kicked ass.
Here's the best part. 2,000 years later, every day people still bring flowers to his altar.
I couldn't find a place to buy flowers, so I wrote this note.
Anyway, even though half the world doesn't know what the Ides of March are in reference to and even less really care that Caesar got killed, of course I think about it today. Not in a sad way though, I think it's awesome that it's 2000 years later and people still love the man. Mostly Romans, but still. And I like an excuse to talk about him and show you my pictures.
Hope you survived!