Gaius Julius Caesar, mostly referred to as Julius Caesar, is perhaps one of the best known men in the history 0f the world. At the close of what had been an outstanding political and military career he was in complete control of Rome. Honor after honored had been awarded to him until in February of 44 B.C. his mostly puppet senate named him dictator for life. Many of the senators thought that he wanted to be king there by putting and end to the Roman Republic. On the Ides of March, March 15th 44 B.C., lead by Brutus 63 senators, stabbed and slashed Julius Caesar to death. This famous assassination plunged the Roman Republic into a civil war that lasted 17 years, finally emerging as the Roman Empire.