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Secret Plots

They say that history repeats itself. Well, here are two secret assassination plots, one ancient and one modern, one successful and one a failure.

The Ides of March

He can’t say he wasn’t warned! The night before Julius Caesar was assassinated, his wife had terrible nightmares. The next morning she begged him not to go to the Senate. Also, a seer had told the Roman leader that something bad would happen later that very day, the Ides of March. But Caesar’s good friend Brutus visited and told Caesar the Senators were waiting for him. What Brutus didn’t say was that forty Senators were carrying daggers in their togas.

But why? Some say that Caesar was just getting too powerful. Rome was a republic at this time, and its last king had reigned about 400 years before then. The Senators didn’t want another one but Caesar was king in all but name. In three days he was leaving on a military campaign – the Senators knew it was now or never. On the way to the Senate, Caesar stopped off to talk to the seer again. Caesar said, “The Ides are here and I’m still alive.” And the seer replied, “Yes, but they are not yet gone.”

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