Spanish archaeologists believe they have found the exact location where Julius Caesar was stabbed, on the Teatro Argentina side of Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome’s historic centre.
After six year’s of research, scientists from Spain’s Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) said that they discovered a 3m-wide concrete wall inside the Theatre of Pompey, the scene of Caesar’s stabbing on 15 March 44 BC according to classical texts.
The archaeologists believe the structure is a memorial to Caesar, marking the scene of his assassination, commissioned by his adopted son Augustus.
The Spanish archaeologists also believe that Caesar was stabbed while sitting on a chair during a meeting of the senate at the Curia of Pompey.
However, contrary to recent unfounded reports in Spain’s daily newspaper El Pais, the archaeologists did not find the bench upon which Caesar sat at the time of his stabbing. Rome archaeologist Marina Mattei confirmed that this seat has not yet been found.
Antonio Monterroso of the CSIC said that their discovery is the first material evidence to surface relating to the stabbing of Caesar, whose body was later taken to the Roman Forum for veneration and subsequent cremation.
It is not known whether Caesar died immediately. An autopsy report (the world’s earliest known post-mortem) attributes his death primarily to blood loss from multiple stab wounds. He was said to have been stabbed 23 times.