Every year, warnings of “Beware the Ides of March” pay homage to what is likely the best-known political assassination in human history, that of Julius Caesar, but until now, archaeologists have not been sure exactly where the spot of the infamous crime occurred. Little did modern Romans realize they were boarding the bus right next to where the famous leader was attacked.
“We always knew that Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Curia of Pompey on March 15, 44 B.C., because the classical texts pass on so, but so far no material evidence of this fact… had been recovered,” Dr. Antonio Monterroso, a Spanish council researcher who works at the Institute of History, said in the statement. Monterroso added that the finding is an astonishing part of modern-day life.
“Thousands of people today take the bus and tram right next to where, 2,056 years ago, Julius Caesar was stabbed,” he said in the statement.
It appears that Caesar’s adopted son, Augustus, erected a three-meter-wide concrete structure in what is today Torre Argentina square, though scientists say his actual death could have occurred elsewhere.
And how many of those commuters thought they were off to the start of a bad day?
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