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Julius CaesarThe People's Dictator$
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Luciano Canfora

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619368

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.001.0001

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The Dynamics of the ‘Tyrannicide’

The Dynamics of the ‘Tyrannicide’

(p.325) Chapter 39 The Dynamics of the ‘Tyrannicide’
Julius Caesar
Luciano Canfora, Julian Stringer
Edinburgh University Press

The evening before the assassination, Caesar was among the guests at supper at the house of Marcus Lepidus, his magister equitum, and the discussion turned to the question: what kind of death would be best? While the rather strange conversation lingered on this question, Caesar, when his turn came to speak, said that he would by far prefer a sudden and unexpected death. The conversation on the eve of the assassination is somewhat enigmatic. There is nothing unusual, given the situation, about conversations consisting of allusive questions or innuendo, designed to pass a veiled message. Incidents like this make one think of a Caesar hounded by those who want to kill him, and, therefore, also ‘pestered’ by those bent on the opposite, who try, with more or less cryptic warnings, to save him.

Keywords:   Julius Caesar, death, warnings, Marcus Lepidus, assassination, tyrannicide

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