The Ides of March

Today is the Ides of March. The question is, why did the Roman Senate assassinate Julius Ceaser? For an excellent, in depth analysis of this, I highly recommend you visit Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History.

But, in short, to understand the Ides of March, 44 B.C. you must go back to 49 B.C. and Ceaser’s crossing of the Rubicon with the Legio XIII Gemina legion. The Legion’s were not allowed to cross into the territory around Rome by law because the Senate feared that the professional military of the Legions (vice the former citizen army) was too political.
Citizen soldiers serve a republic. Legionaries serve an Empire. A republic adores its defenders, an empire fears its enforcers.
Which leads me to yesterday’s headlines: Soldiers asked to disarm during Leon Panetta speech

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An Army Major, my family and I are in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. We enjoy photography, cooking, reading and outdoor sports like hunting, fishing and trapping.
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