Archaeologists believe they have found the exact spot where Julius Caesar was stabbed and killed by a group of rival Roman senators more than 2,000 years ago.
Caesar, who was the head of the Roman Republic, was stabbed to death by a group of senators, including his friend Brutus, during the Ides of March, March 15, 44 BC, reports NBC News.
The assassination has been well-covered in classical texts, like William Shakespeare’s famous Julius Caesar play, but until now, researchers have been unable to find archaeological evidence of where it happened.
Archaeologists recently announced in a new Spanish National Research Council report that they have unearthed a large concrete structure almost 10 feet wide by 6.5 feet tall, which they believe was erected by Augustus, Julius Caesar’s successor, to condemn the assassination of the former leader.
The concrete structure is located at the base of the Curia (theater) of Pompey, which is the same spot classical writers report that the stabbing took place. Antonio Monterroso, a researcher with the Spanish National Research Council, stated:
“We always knew that Julius Caesar was killed in the Curia of Pompey on March 15th 44 B.C. because the classical texts pass on so, but so far no material evidence of this fact, so often depicted in historicist painting and cinema, had been recovered.”
The International Business Times notes that the majority of ancient historians agree on the basic facts of the assassination of Julius Caesar. The killing was carried out by a conspiracy of about 60 Roman senators, who called themselves liberators. Among them was Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, who originally opposed Caesar in his war against Pompey. He later gave himself up and fell back into the dictator’s good graces.
But because he worried that Caesar was getting ready to dissolve the Senate and rule as king, he participated in the brutal killing. While most of us have heard through Shakespeare that Caesar’s last words were “Et tu, Brute?” the historian Suetonius wrote that some reports say Caesar actually sighed and said, “Kai su, teknon?” which means “You too, child?” But both Suetonius and Plutarch say that Julius Caesar said nothing.
Monterroso stated that, now that they believe they have found the spot where Julius Caesar was stabbed, they will now look for the Portico of the Hundred Columns, looking for links between the archaeology of Caesar’s assassination and what has been portrayed about it in art.