SOPHIA OF WISDOM III - CESAR COIN = JFK,JR
Plutarch records that at one point, Caesar informed the Senate that his honours were more in need
of reduction than augmentation, but withdrew this position so as not to appear ungrateful. He was given the title Pater Patriae
("Father of the Fatherland"). He was appointed dictator a third time, and then nominated for nine consecutive one-year terms
as dictator, effectually making him dictator for ten years. He was also given censorial authority as praefectus morum (prefect
of morals) for three years.
The Senate named Caesar Dictator Perpetuus, "dictator for life" or "perpetual dictator".
Roman mints printed a denarius coin with this title and his profile on one side, and with an image of the goddess Ceres and
Caesar's title of Augur Pontifex Maximus on the reverse. While printing the title of dictator was significant, Caesar's image
was not, as it was customary to print consuls and other public officials on coins during the Republic.
Cassius Dio, a senatorial delegation went to inform Caesar of new honours they had bestowed upon him in 44 BC. Caesar received
them while sitting in the Temple of Venus Genetrix, rather than rising to meet them. According to Dio, this was a chief excuse
for the offended senators to plot his assassination. He wrote that a few of Caesar's supporters blamed his failure to rise
on a sudden attack of diarrhoea, but his enemies discounted this in observing that he had walked home unaided.
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