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Death of a Dictator

Death of a Dictator

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Death of a Dictator

Caesar is Assassinated on the Ides of March

Two thousand and sixty-two years ago today, up to 60 members of the Roman Senate stabbed Roman dictator Gaius Julius Caesar to death. His passing marked the end of Republican Rome and (after a small period of civil war) ushered in the epic Imperial Rome that changed the course of history.

Map of Pompey's Theater in Rome
Map of Pompey’s Theater in Rome. The red building is Pompey’s Theater. The Roman Forum is to the southeast.

Finding the Location of The Assassination

The first time I went to Rome, I knew I had to see the spot where Caesar was killed.  He was meeting with the Senators, so I assumed it must be in the Roman Forum. With a bit of investigation, it turns out I was totally wrong. Supposedly, an irate senator set aflame a funeral pyre in the entrance to the old senate house – wouldn’t you love to know the story behind THAT one – so the Senate relocated to a temporary location. They met in Pompey’s Curia in Pompey’s Theater complex.

Recreation of the Theater of Pompey in Rome with Pompey's Curia indicated by the arrow
Recreation of the Theater of Pompey in Rome with Pompey’s Curia indicated by the arrow

Pompey’s Theater

Built around 52 B.C. by Caesar’s first triumverate rival Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, the theater was colossal. The half-circle amphitheater and stage formed the cap to an enclosed garden behind it. The garden area, called the Porticus Pompei, contained statues of great artists and actors. Private water tanks stored and fed the lavish water fountains. A long walkway transected the gardens leading to the colonnaded curia at the other end. The temple-like curia was an ode to Pompey the Great with a large statue of him seen in the doorway. Some have said Caesar wrapped his arms around the foot of the statue when he died. The curia also served as the entrance to the sacred temple area at the end. The four temples in the sacred area had existed prior to the theater construction. Pompey had deliberately incorporated them to give his building more religious significance.

Recommended Tours to Rome
Recommended Tours to Rome
Present day Rome reflecting the floor plan of Pompey's Theater
Present day Rome reflecting the floor plan of Pompey’s Theater

The Murder Spot Today

The theater does not exist in modern day Rome. Present day buildings were constructed in the shape of the amphitheater as seen in the Google Maps image. A street covers the Curia area, but the sacred temple area remains exposed and ruins visable. The entire sunken area of Largo di Torre Argentina is a designated cat sanctuary and entrance to tourists is strictly forbidden.

 

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Google Street View of the Temple Area with the Curia arches in background
Google Street View of the Temple Area with the Curia arches seen in the background directly across from man in light blue shirt

Surrounding the area are several signs describing the structures below.  As seen in this Google Street View, you can look down into the exposed temple area and see the ruins. You can see the arches that formed the Curia entrance in the background of the photograph. Caesar was actually assassinated in this Curia entrance.

Google Map of Temple Area.
Google Map of Temple Area. The white star indicates the Curia. The Google street view area is the viewpoint of the arrow pointing to the curia arches.

One day, I hope to return to this site. After the murder, Caesar’s wife Calpurnia took possession of his body and  prepared it for his funeral.

How to Get There:

LARGO DI TORRE ARGENTINA

ADDRESS: Via FloridaRome, Italy
PHONE: +39 06 6880 5611
WEBSITE: Website
LOCATION: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
TOURS: No tour in the sacred temple area. Viewing available around top. Guide plaques and markers available. 
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Can I Get to Rome in 48 Hours to See a Reenactment of Caesar’s Assassination?

Can I Get to Rome in 48 Hours to See a Reenactment of Caesar’s Assassination?

I would love, Love LOVEEEEE to see this!!!  Because this event happens in the normally restricted archeological area of the the Largo Argentina, this has become an event that attracts visitors from around the world.

Shipwrecks Under San Francisco

Shipwrecks Under San Francisco

“…the minute those ships  dropped anchor in San Francisco Bay, passengers and crew abandoned those vessels and they would never sail the seven seas again.”

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Up-Close with Fishbourne Roman Palace

Up-Close with Fishbourne Roman Palace

“…they exposed the near-perfect 2,000 year-old mosaic floors, which lay preserved under the Sussex soil for centuries.”