Gaius Julius Caesar, rue the Ides of March. Julius Caesar, versatile military general, writer, and astronomer. Ruthless in using money and oratory to gain power, once gained, he used it moderately. His armies conquered Gaul and created a far-flung empire. Caesar was assassinated by conspirators in Rome on the Ides of March in 44 B.C.E. He left is mark on the history of Rome and Europe. Restorers' Comment: Extensive body reworking, new shoes, and breastplate remodeled.