General and politician Julius Caesar is responsible for the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. He led the expansion of Rome’s control over the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Gaul region. His military victories halted Celtic and German invasions.
After being declared dictator perpetuo by the Senate, many political opponents feared Caesar’s hunger for power was endless after he declared “only his genius offered the people of the empire peace and prosperity.” On March 15, 44 BC, the Ides of March, Julius Caesar was assassinated. Stabbed 23 times by senators, including his friend Decimus Brutus.
Largo di Torre Argentina is a square located in Rome, Italy.
It holds four Republican Roman Temples and the ruins of Pompey’s Theatre where the Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC by the senate. These ruins of archaeological value are situated in the ancient Campus Martius. Caesar was disheartened the most by Marcus Brutus, whom he considered a loyal friend. To Brutus, his last words were, “Et tu, Brute?” The English translation of this Latin phrase is “You too, Brutus?”
Every year, tourists from all over the world visit this ancient site.
After the downfall of the Roman Empire, the theatre lost its glory and it was only after the excavations in the 20th century that the remains were revived. Since the place has a vital historic value, the ruins have been maintained.
There is an interesting surprise for the tourists visiting this famous place.
The entire area of Largo di Torre Argentina has been turned into a Roman cat sanctuary for strays.
Volunteers leave no stone unturned to look after the cats.
The volunteers take care of the street cats from all around Rome that come to the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary. The felines are neutered prior to making Torre their new home. At the ruins, felines are free to roam around the grounds. They also have an indoor facility.
Tourists watch the cats enjoy this historic and monumental site.
There are approximately 200 felines living in Torre, currently. The shelter has a no-kill policy given that there is a no-kill law in Italy for homeless cats. This is precisely the reason why the volunteers carry out proper sterilization programs.