Cornell – Strauss on “The Death of Caesar”

JMC Fellow Barry Strauss, “The Death of Caesar: New Light on History’s Most Famous Assassination” – Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Many of us know about the death of Julius Caesar from William Shakespeare’s eponymous play—but what actually took place on the Ides of March, 44 BC, was quite different. Barry Strauss, Cornell’s Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies, chair of the Department of History, and author of the highly praised new book The Death of Caesar, will present a fresh analysis of the primary sources and the central characters surrounding the man and the legend. He’ll talk about what drove a group of more than sixty senators to murder the head of state and why, after first supporting the deed, the public turned on them.

Cornell’s free summer events, which run from June 23 to July 31, include Tuesday performances at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday lectures at Call Auditorium* in Kennedy Hall, and Friday concerts on the Arts Quad. For more information, visit, e-mail, or call 607.255.4987. If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us as soon as possible.

*The School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions thanks the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for generously donating the use of Call Auditorium for the summer lecture series.