Ancient History & Civilisation

The Ides: Caesar's Murder and the War for Rome

The Ides: Caesar's Murder and the War for Rome

Unraveling the many mysteries surrounding the murder of Julius Caesar

The assassination of Julius Caesar is one of the most notorious murders in history. Two thousand years after it occurred, many compelling questions remain about his death: Was Brutus the hero and Caesar the villain? Did Caesar bring death on himself by planning to make himself king of Rome? Was Mark Antony aware of the plot, and let it go forward? Who wrote Antony's script after Caesar's death? Using historical evidence to sort out these and other puzzling issues, historian and award-winning author Stephen Dando-Collins takes you to the world of ancient Rome and recaptures the drama of Caesar's demise and the chaotic aftermath as the vicious struggle for power between Antony and Octavian unfolded. For the first time, he shows how the religious festivals and customs of the day impacted on the way the assassination plot unfolded. He shows, too, how the murder was almost avoided at the last moment.

A compelling history that is packed with intrigue and written with the pacing of a first-rate mystery, The Ides will challenge what you think you know about Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire.

Introduction

PART ONE - The Conspiracy

Chapter 1. SEVEN WEEKS BEFORE THE ASSASSINATION - January 26, 44 BC

Chapter 2. THE LUPERCALIA - February 15, 44 BC

Chapter 3. THE CARISTIA RECONCILIATION - February 22, 44 BC

Chapter 4. PRESSURING BRUTUS - February 24, 44 BC

Chapter 5. DICTATOR FOR LIFE - March 1, 44 BC, The Kalends of March

Chapter 6. RECRUITING FELLOW ASSASSINS - March 2, 44 BC

Chapter 7. A VISIT FROM ONE OF CAESAR’S GENERALS - March 7, 44 BC

Chapter 8. PORCIA’S SECRET - March 9, 44 BC

Chapter 9. CLEOPATRA AND THE EQUIRRIA - March 14, 44 BC, Afternoon

Chapter 10. THE BEST SORT OF DEATH - March 14, 44 BC, Evening

PART TWO - The Murder

Chapter 11. CAESAR AWAKENS - March 15, 44 BC, The Ides of March

Chapter 12. IN THE DARK BEFORE DAWN - March 15, 44 BC, The Ides of March

Chapter 13. CAESAR MUST SUFFER CAESAR’S FATE - March 15, 44 BC, The Ides of March

Chapter 14. THE CRIME - March 15, 44 BC, The Ides of March

Chapter 15. THE GATHERING STORM - March 15, 44 BC

PART THREE - Aftermath and Retribution

Chapter 16. PLEADING FOR THE REPUBLIC - March 16, 44 BC

Chapter 17. THE JOSTLE FOR CONTROL - March 17, 44 BC

Chapter 18. THE LIBERATORS GAIN THE ADVANTAGE - March 18, 44 BC

Chapter 19. CAESAR’S WILL - March 19, 44 BC

Chapter 20. CAESAR’S FUNERAL - March 20, 44 BC

Chapter 21. ANTONY CONSOLIDATES HIS GRIP - March 21, 44 BC

Chapter 22. ENTER OCTAVIUS - March 24, 44 BC

Chapter 23. THE NAME OF CAESAR - March 27, 44 BC

Chapter 24. WISE OPPIUS - April 7, 44 BC

Chapter 25. CAESAR’S HEIR - April 10, 44 BC

Chapter 26. OCTAVIAN MEETS WITH ANTONY - April 11, 44 BC

Chapter 27. THE AEDILE’S REFUSAL - April 14, 44 BC

Chapter 28. OCTAVIAN SEEKS CICERO’S SUPPORT - April 22, 44 BC

Chapter 29. I DON’ T TRUST HIM A YARD - May 11, 44 BC

Chapter 30. UNDERMINING ANTONY - May 18, 44 BC

Chapter 31. REFORMING THE PRAETORIAN COHORTS - May 31, 44 BC

Chapter 32. ANTONY OUTSMARTS THE SENATE - June 2, 44 BC

Chapter 33. NO PLAN, NO THOUGHT, NO METHOD - June 7, 44 BC

Chapter 34. THE LAST DAY OF BRUTUS’S GAMES - July 13, 44 BC

Chapter 35. THE LIBERATORS’ MANIFESTO - July 20, 44 BC

Chapter 36. CICERO’S DEPARTURE - July 28, 44 BC

Chapter 37. LIKE HECTOR THE HERO - August 16, 44 BC

Chapter 38. CICERO RETURNS TO ROME - August 30, 44 BC

Chapter 39. THE LIBERATORS REACH GREECE - September 15, 44 BC

Chapter 40. OCTAVIAN’S NINETEENTH BIRTHDAY - September 23, 44 BC

Chapter 41. THE PLOT TO ASSASSINATE ANTONY - September 28, 44 BC

Chapter 42. A DREADFUL STATE OF AFFAIRS - October 9, 44 BC

Chapter 43. ANTONY JOINS HIS LEGIONS - October 18, 44 BC

Chapter 44. OCTAVIAN RECRUITS AN ARMY - November 4, 44 BC

Chapter 45. THE ROAD TO WAR - November 18, 44 BC

Chapter 46. ANTONY’S LEGIONS REBEL - November 27-30, 44 BC

Chapter 47. THE RISE OF THE LIBERATORS - Early December 44 BC

Chapter 48. ANTONY MAKES HIS MOVE - Second Half of December 44 BC

Chapter 49. DEBATING ANTONY’S FATE - January 1-4, 43 BC

Chapter 50. THE FIRST ASSASSIN TO FALL - Late December 44 BC-Early January 43 BC

Chapter 51. STATE OF EMERGENCY - February 4, 43 BC

Chapter 52. THE MUTINA BATTLES - April 14-26, 43 BC

Chapter 53. CASSIUS OVERRUNS SYRIA - May 7, 43 BC

Chapter 54. LEPIDUS’S BETRAYAL - May 30, 43 BC

Chapter 55. OCTAVIAN CHARGES CAESAR’S MURDERERS - August 19, 43 BC

Chapter 56. THE TRIUMVIRATE AND THE PROSCRIPTION - Early November 43 BC

Chapter 57. KILLING CICERO - December 7, 43 BC

Chapter 58. THE BATTLES OF PHILIPPI - October 1-21, 42 BC

Chapter 59. JUDGING THE ASSASSINS AND THE VICTIM

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