O mighty Caesar! dost thou lie so low?
— Julius Caesar, Act 3. Scene I.

iStock_000004684904SmallThe murder of Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BCE, is one of the most famous assassinations in history. It resulted from a conspiracy of 60 Roman senators, led by Gaius Cassius Longinus and Marcus Junius Brutus, in an effort to prevent Caesar from turning the Roman republic into a tyranny.

John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of President Abraham Lincoln was also determined to be the result of a conspiracy. (more…)