How many times was Julius Caesar stabbed?


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Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times by his assassins. The Roman historians Plutarch and Suetonius both attest to this number of stab wounds. However, the historian Eutropius asserts that 60 or more senators and knights conspired against Caesar.

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Suetonius, a physician who performed an autopsy of the body, ascertained that only one of the wounds was fatal. This deadly wound was in Julius Caesar's chest. Brutus, perhaps the most famous of Julius Caesar's assassins, stabbed the great man in the groin. Caesar landed only one counterattack when he stabbed Publius Servilius Casca Longus, the first perpetrator, in the arm with a stylus. Caesar's death led to a series of civil wars that resulted in the emergence of an imperial system in Rome.

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