Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Another Caesarian expression in English

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Before the Ides of March, circa 44BC, Caesar engendered the wrath of Roman senators because of his military conquests, and resulting fame and fortune

In 49 BC, his popularity rivaled the Senate and many feared a dictatorship Roman law prohibited a general to cross the Rubicon River (a mere stream) in northern Italy with a standing army.

After pondering and rejecting Senate demands to cease and desist, Caesar reportedly uttered "the die is cast" and crossed the Rubicon and later seized Rome.

Thus the two expressions are in English till today:

1) the die is cast - a decision has been made that cannot be altered and fate will decide the consequences.
2) to cross the Rubicon - to go forward with not point of return.
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