The Last Day of Julius Caesar: Beware The Ides of March with Dimo Kosmopoulos

The Last Day of Julius Caesar: Beware The Ides of March with Dimo Kosmopoulos


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March 15, 44 BCE, Julius Caesar is stabbed to death during a meeting of the Senate of Rome, bringing his illustrious career, and life, to a tragic end. Join Dimo Kosmopoulos to learn all about the most important figure in Roman history and trace his legacy through the centuries.

Beware the Ides of March
”Aquí, lo que dejaron los puñales.
Aquí esa pobre cosa, un hombre muerto
que se llamaba César."
"Here, what the daggers left behind.
Here this poor thing, a dead man
who was called Caesar."
(César by Jorge Luis Borges)

Gaius Iulius Caesar is one of the most fascinating historical figures of all time. Many sovereigns took him as an example, from Charles V to Henry IV of France, to Napoleon and studied his career closely. He inspired the term “Caesarism”, used in the nineteenth century to describe authoritarian political ideologies.

Gaius Caesar of the gens Iulia brought back to glory his family and had an astonishing political career, becoming consul, general of the legions, and Pontifex Maximus. After conquering Gaul and defeating his great enemy, Pompeius Magnus, he became the only ruler of the Republic, bringing forward the idea of a principatus (empire), later founded by his adoptive son, Octavianus Caesar Augustus.

Together we will analyze the life of Caesar through the ancient literature, understand the historical scenario of the last years of the Republic of Rome and follow step by step the last hours of his final day of life, when as a dictator perpetuo from the Domus Publica (his house in the Roman Forum area) he reached his ultimate meeting, held in the Hall of Pompey. We will approach the subject from a historical and archaeological point of view.

Led by an expert on ancient Rome, Dimo Kosmopoulos, this interactive seminar will explore the life and legacy of Julius Caesar. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of one of the greatest statesmen o all time.

During his university studies at “La Sapienza” in Rome, Dimosthenis participated in several national and international projects, such as the study of Latin epigraphy and Roman pottery as well as various archaeological excavations in different areas of Rome (Roman Forum, Palatine, Mausoleum of Augustus). His work as an archaeologist brought him to carry out research in classical art and architecture, exploring, in particular, the relationship between iconography and architecture as ancient Greek and Roman artistic expressions. Dimosthenis completed his Ph.D. with a thesis on temple architecture in the Italian peninsula during the Republican period. This topic became his area of expertise. His knowledge of archaeology, ancient art history, and Roman architecture is the key that he uses to share his unique perspective on the Eternal City.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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