Poor Caesar and Poor Husband

So I’m ready to have a philosophical discussion which has nothing to do with this blog, but what can I do?  Do you know how hard it is to find people willing to talk Julius Caesar?  I tried Michael last night, but he fell asleep on me.  Poor guy.  I binge talk with him after the kids are in bed, and he’s a good sport, but pushing Caesar down him is just a little too much.

This is the edition to get (from Borders) because it's got great commentary.

You really must read Julius Caesar because you never know.  You might be the very person needed to take down a rising dictator, and this is a useful guide on how not to do that.     

Who’s not to like?  Caesar wasn’t bad, but the power started to go to his head.  Brutus was the man of principle that everybody looked up to.  Cassius organized the conspiracy, but no one would jump on board unless Brutus was in too.  Apparently, Brutus would lend some respectability to the violent stabbing of their friend. 

It was a hard call for Brutus to make.  Rome had a republic, but Caesar was making himself king.  Brutus was the praetor, and he felt it was his civic duty to protect the citizens’ freedom.  It makes you wonder if there wasn’t a less extreme way of doing that like maybe offering Caesar a pizza company.  The tragic thing was that Rome got emperors anyway, and they did some truly atrocious things. 

Yesterday, I looked on my sister’s blog, and apparently there was a modern-day Brutus that tried to take out Hitler.  (My sister lives in Poland by the way, and she had just visited Hitler’s Wolf Lair in Poland.)  The story is tragic, and don’t we all wish that Valkyrie had succeeded?

Do you think it was right for Brutus to kill his friend Caesar? 

Do you talk too much to your husband?

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18 comments

  1. No, it probably wasn’t “right” for Brutus to kill Caesar, sounds like he was just caving to peer pressure, but what do I know? I haven’t read it since the 10th grade.
    On the other hand, I think Ben is the one who “binge talks” in the relationship. Just when I’m getting tired and ready to go to bed he wants to discuss the latest chapter in the book he’s reading. Usually I’m pretty tired, but at the same time I feel happy he wants to talk to me. Dave probably feels the same way. Er, I mean, “Michael.” I usually don’t binge talk at night, but I do sometimes in the car… like on the way to church when Ben is running red lights and cursing everyone as he goes. So, I usually don’t get a high quality discussion out of him then. Do you think it’s right for him to call other drivers “jackasses” on the way to church?

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