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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Aftermath of the ides of March

This altar, hidden behind a wall and easy to overlook, marks the spot where the mob, possibly responding to a speech that Mark Antony may or may not have made, built an impromptu pyre for Julius Caesar in the middle of the Forum. After the Senate declared Caesar a god, Augustus built a temple around the altar.

It would be a nondescript pile of dirt except for the flowers, which are reportedly left by monarchists and neo-fascists who see him as the symbol of the glory of Rome.

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