It’s not often I start a blog with warning from a Shakespearean soothsayer, but today I shall because today is the Ides of March – the 15th day of March. The day on which, in 44BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated by his Roman senators. Apparently 60 senators took part in Caesar’s mass stabbing and over 20 wounds were inflicted on him.
Below are medieval images of Caesar’s murder. I find it very interesting that in them, Caesar and his senators are depicted as Northern Renaissance wealthy merchants with their rich and ornate clothing, rather than toga and sandal-clad classical Romans. Could Medieval sensibilities not cope with classical clothes?
Beware the Ides of March!
Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!
Images from the British Library’s collection of Medieval Manuscripts are marked as being Public Domain Images and therefore free of all copyright restrictions in accordance with the British Library’s Reuse Guidance Notes for the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts.
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