January 10, 49 BCE

On January 10, 49 BCE, Julius Caesar defied the Roman Senate and crossed the Rubicon River with his troops. He is said to have uttered “alea iacta est” which means “the die is cast” and signaled the start of the Roman civil war which he won by defeating all of his opponents by 45 BCE. He was subsequently appointed Roman dictator for life. This was unusual at the time, as the office of dictator normally had a term of 10 years. The Roman Senate must have known something, as Caesar was assassinated on March 16, 44 BCE.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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2 Responses to January 10, 49 BCE

  1. Edward Gillman says:

    January 10 is my birthday, so this is such a cool thing to find out!

  2. Alex Moshe says:

    January 10 is my birthday, so this is such a cool thing to find out!

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