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Scientists claim to find spot of Julius Caesar's slaying

Published on Oct 11, 2012 6:40 AM
 
A handout picture released on October 10, 2012 by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) shows the archaeological site where scientists say they believe they have found the exact spot in Rome where Julius Caesar must have been assassinated on March 14, 44 BC. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Archaeologists said on Wednesday they believe they have found the exact spot in Rome where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death on March 15, 44 BC.

The stabbing of the dictator by Roman senators was recorded by ancient historians and dramatised by William Shakespeare who gave Caesar the last words: "Et tu Brute? Then fall, Caesar." Now, a team from the Spanish National Research Council say they have unearthed evidence that, they believe, reveals precisely where the attack took place.

They say they have found a concrete structure, 3m wide and 2m high, that was erected by his adoptive son and successor, Augustus.

After taking power himself, Augustus ordered the structure be placed exactly over the place where the attack took place so as to condemn the slaying of his father, the scientists said.

 
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