The Romans were a very superstitious people and it comes as no surprise that they should have noticed a great number of supernatural events surrounding the death of the great Julius Caesar; both before and after his death. We share a list of them:
During the later phases of Julius Caesar’s career there was clearly tension in the air:
Caesar was preparing a great expedition against the Parthian empire
It was evident that people were meeting furtively behind closed doors (to murder Caesar)
Caesar’s pressure to take the crown as King in spite of evident popular aversion.
The Sibilline books also did their bit to set the scene by suggesting that only a king at the head of the Roman troops could win the war (likely a fabrication of Caesar).
The rest is history: Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Senate house of his rival Pompey.
List of Supernatural events of Caesar’s death
So what supernatural events actually occurred around Caesar’s death? A short list is given below:
The horses which Caesar consecrated to the gods (those that had crossed the Rubicon with him) had stopped eating and been seen to weep profusely.
On the 14th March a bird with a twig in its mouth had been seen in the Curia of Pompey – chased by a flock of other birds which attacked and killed it.
Also on the 14th in the night whilst Julius Caesar and Calpurnia lay in bed it is said all the doors and windows flew open as if by a gust of wind and the ceremonial armor of Mars, which Caesar had in his house, fell to the floor making a great noise.
His own wife Calpurnia had terrible dreams among which the assassination of her husband.: she begged him not to go to the Curia and almost persuaded him hadn’t one of his most trusted aids (a traitor in fact) convinced him of the need to go.
It was also said that a group of Caesar’s veterans at Capua had found a bronze tablet from the tomb of Capys, founder of Capua. The engraved message on the tablet warned that a descendent of Julus would die by hand of his own flesh and blood and that Italy would see terrible disasters as a consequence.
An old aruspice (soothsayer) had warned Caesar to beware of the ides of march. On the 15th (the Ides) Caesar saw the old man and told him that the Ides had come and nothing had happened: the answer was that the Ides hadn’t passed. Caesar died shortly afterwards.
Then later events strengthened the supernatural aura about Caesar and his descendency:
When Octavian – Caesar’s named heir – entered Rome an aura/halo was seen around the sun. Whilst this is a frequent phenomenon in Rome it was deemed as a great sign.
A comet was seen passing in the sky and duly interpreted as Julius Caesar joining Venus in the heavens (Venus was the protector divinity of the Julian dynasty).