The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination

Barry Strauss
Shakespeare made Julius Caesar’s assassination the most famous in history. Cornell University’s Barry Strauss, in a discussion of his new book, details the real story – which it turns out is even more gripping than the Bard’s depiction.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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6:30 pm
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Thanks to Shakespeare, Julius Caesar’s stabbing is the most famous assassination in history. But what actually happened on March 15, 44 B.C., is even more gripping than the Bard’s depiction.

In a discussion of his newly released book, Cornell University’s Barry Strauss details the true story. While Shakespeare portrayed Caesar’s murder as an amateur and idealistic affair, it actually was a carefully planned paramilitary operation executed by disaffected officers. Brutus and Cassius were, indeed, key players but had the help of a third man, Decimus, a leading general and lifelong friend of Caesar who became a mole in his entourage.

Chair of Cornell’s history department, the author of six books, and a leading expert on ancient military history, Strauss last spoke at the Library in May 2012 on ancient generals Alexander, Hannibal, and Caesar.

Co-sponsored by the Brown Club of Kansas City, the Columbia University Club of Kansas City, the Cornell Club of Mid-America, the Heart of America Dartmouth Club, the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Kansas City, the Penn Club of Kansas City, the Princeton Alumni Association of Greater Kansas City, and the Yale Club of Kansas City.