Beware the Ides of March.

…Oddly enough, there is a surprising lack of alternate history novels and short stories that play with the consequences of Julius Caesar not being assassinated. ┬áProbably because said assassination is widely deemed to have resulted in the eventual formation of the Roman Empire, and most people who do Roman-themed alternate history prefer to have the legions conquer the Mississippi valley or face off against the Chinese or whatnot. Not all, of course; but most.

I guess that the assumption is that the Republic would have lasted longer, at least under that name. Would Caesar’s successor have returned the government back to a state where the Senate had actual power? SM Stirling argued something similar in passing in one of his kinda-non-alternate history novels, but I’m not entirely certain.

Still: you see somebo… ah, that joke isn’t funny anymore.

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