I suspect a few of you are cat lovers. Check out The History Blog for a piece about cats in Rome and the crazy people who take care of them.
At the end of that piece is – oddly – something about the assassination of Julius Caesar. The last time I was in Rome, only about a month ago, I posted about the street which is thought to correspond to the area by portico of Pompey’s Theatre where Caesar was killed. There is an inscription along the building. It’s still there!
It is commonly said that Caesar was killed in the Senate, under a statue of Pompey the Great, with whom Julius had had a bit of a war. More accurately, Caesar was killed at a meeting of the Senate held at the chamber for Senate meetings Pompey had built at his mansion/theatre complex outside the Pomerium, the inner city border which no general with imperium could cross. The Senate could meet in the different places, including various temples. And since the old Senate house had burned down in a night of tumult (the Clodius and Milo affair) they were meeting out at Pompey’s old place.
Here is a shot of a surviving marker for the Pomerium from the time of the Emperor Claudius. I took this the other night while walking home from the Requiem Mass I posted about.
If memory serves, there is another Pomerium stone in the entry gate to S. Cecilia in Trastevere.
In any event, perhaps today is a good day to read about the removal of a leader, not with knives, bu by ballot.