According to historians, Julius Caesar was named Rome’s Dictator for Life. Opponents, though, saw to it that he held the title for less than a year. In the halls of the Roman Senate, several of the elite lawmakers—including his longtime friend Decimus Junius Brutus—sprang upon him and stabbed him to death. According to legend, a seer much earlier had warned him to “Beware the Ides of March.” Just what are the Ides of which Caesar should have been wary?
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