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July’s jubilant culture

June 27, 2013
ARLENE SAUGSTAD , Minot Daily News

So - what's in a name? Julius Caesar for starters: July was named for him so here we are stuck with July. Among other notable achievements during his distinguished lifetime was his ability, minus campaigning, to simply announce that he was emperor and it became true. In his spare time he may have indulged in games of dice or knucklebones. He outlived two legal wives but caught the eyes of the beautiful Cleopatra, whom, it was recorded, was quite influential in Roman goings-on. In all probability, loquacious Caesar and the voluptuous queen spent quality time lounging on the banks of the Nile - probably nibbling some luscious grapes. As time marched on (as it usually does) Caesar's enemies decided it was time for him to go and assassinated him. Sadly, even one of his trusted friends was among the killers. As Shakespeare put it, the last words uttered by Caesar to his friend were "Et tu, Brute?" (Translation: And you, Brutus?)



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