Where is Julius Caesar buried?
Right in the Roman Forum.
To be more accurate, the grave site actually marks the ruins of the Temple of Caesar. Caesar was cremated and thus has no grave or tomb, but people still leave flowers and notes on the altar.
It’s easy to miss if you’re exploring the Foro Romano alone because it’s located behind a low wall. Keep an eye out for it next time you visit Rome!
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That’s like a classic Italian historic site. Not just because it has unbelievable history, but because modern Italians are apparently so used to it being there that they don’t take any particular care of it. Or make a big deal out of it.
Have you ever seen Napoleon’s tomb? I know he died a little more recently, but my God – that is like the craziest 7-part casket-tomb of all time. King Tut is rolling over in his sarcophagus, he’s so jealous.
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you would think this would be in a guidebook or something like that. maybe as you wrote italians are used to it so they dont think much of it, after all it has been over 2000 years ago that this happened, but at least we mark where our people of this country have marked our leaders graves, John Kennedy, Lincoln. and so on. But they dont let you know where Romes most famous man is buried thats a good one. well have fun if your going and say a prayer for the dead,
In case that was supposed to be English, this might help people who are trying to read it:
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The thing is, this probably isn’t Caesar’s tomb, hence the lack of publicity. Cassius Dio tells us that his ashes were gathered up by his freedmen after the funeral and taken to the family tomb, which may have been the tomb of his daughter Julia, outside the city on the Campus Martius.
A couple of sources do suggest that Caesar’s ashes were buried right in the forum itself (Nicolaus of Damascus, possibly Cicero), but it’s by no means definite.
Interesting! Thanks for that info
I visited Rome and the forum, St. Peter’s basilica and the colesium with a fabulous guide called Fabio. He told us everything and it was awesome, just by walking around the forum in particular it didn’t look much but he explained everything, not many nitices up to explain so don’t even think of going without Fabio or another guide, it makes it. Other people were listening to him telling us about the places, we felt privileged but well worth the money.
Sounds like you had an amazing time! I think that guides are definitely worth it for the forum in particular, as you mention. There is so much history there but it can be hard to know what you are looking at!
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Very good write-up. I absolutely love this website.
I am a direct descendent of Julius Caesar. He was my 64th great grandfather. I would like to tour the places related to him while visiting Rome someday. Since this posting is old, has more info been clarified as to where his ashes are or where he is officially “resting”?
Tanya, I hate to break it to you, but Julius Caesar’s two children died before they had any descendants of their own. He’s most certainly not your 64x great grandfather.
Lol it’s been so long since then there probably 1000s of people related to Cesar plus there’s no way to trace ancestry that far back because of religion and the dark ages
No one can prove they are directly related to Ceasar today,for no one kept direct family lines
Recorded, or DNA , I was Alexander the greats 58 th generation grand son !!
Alexander of Macedonia’s (i.e., Philip, Alexander the Great, etc.) son was killed when he was a toddler (4 y.o.) So what are you talking about? There is no direct lineage from Alexander.
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“He was my 64th great grandfather.”
Oh, really? I DOUBT that very much.
Only Her Majesty and other descendents of Charlemagne ( ie, Prince “badboy” Harry ) could claim that without being certified.
The queen was an anglo sax and not related to anyone decent in particular. not to any legendary Romans anyways. Only by birth was she a “queen,” no more, no less. There was/is neither excellent blood/DNA nor personal achievements of any kind in the family.
Julius Caesar’s son with Cleopatra was killed when he was 17. His daughter died in child birth. The baby died shortly thereafter. Caesar has no blood related descendants.
Even his adopted son’s (Emperor Augustus) lineage can only be traced a short distance before it dead ends. There are no reliable records that exist past then. The fall of Rome and then the subsequent “Dark Ages” took care of that.
A typical trolling comment by Tanya just to get attention (as she never gets any – could be a guy, posing with a woman’s name… HAHAHAHA ???) and bragging to make things up, like many of these fake & madeup profile accounts on Facebook. Just like of ‘how do certain profiles just recently created over 2 days get thousands of friends in that time??’… it’s BS!!!
Btw, it’s fact not just true about the Caesar family. There’s no sufficient proof that Cleopatra’s son was Julius’s. That’s just modern western media rumours. But the son could had been from a General of Julius’s or even someone high up in the Egyptian monarchy. Also, it’s more true about Augustus’s lineage. Not only was he the adopted son of Julius, but was actually the nephew – being Julius sister’s son. This is fact!! Both Julius and Augustus’s records are believed to have been lost during the Dark Ages during the sacking of Rome by the Vandals tribe, around the 6th century – if not, lost before.
You know you people making fun of this Tanya lady really isn’t cool. I mean you all got to think Julius Ceaser was all over Gual, Rome, Africa, etc fighting wars most of his life….. A soldiers life gets lonely who’s to say he didn’t have sex with some other female be they slave , royalty, concubine, or prisoner in that whole time. He had one son out of wedlock with Cleopatra that was documented but who’s to say he couldn’t have knocked up some other poor girl? I mean he could have even had sex with a female and then left her without knowing she was pregnant but she knew who the child’s father was and the story passed down. You all can’t be 100 percent positive this girl’s NOT related unless you have DNA proof. Leave the girl alone.
I’d say Roxanne is spot on. Caesar was a wandering commanding general for a couple decades. Any woman he saw, whether Roman or from the provinces, was literally his for the taking. And BTW, Rome’s population was roughly 50% slave. A slave’s body existed to serve,be that slave female, male, young or old. Slaves had zero rights to refuse practically anyone’s advances. And there was no birth control. So while I doubt Tanya has any basis for claiming descent, odds are good MANY readongbthis carry Caesar’s genes….
This is legit crazy ppl
Augustus was the great nephew of Caesar
I can’t resist the obvious. 64 generations over 2000+ years? That would be 30+ years per gen on average – Pfthh!
Nice article, thank you.
I’m a 7th grandson of Bobus Booeyus
I’m related to Ghenghis Khan. I got the mark to prove it.
Statistically likely you are…..
Ghengis Kahn’s genes are some of the most prolific in this planet via dozens of wives, concubine and slaves and also via his sons’ and grandsons’ activities.
To the conquerors went the spoils.
Tanya!.Caesar’children were all dead in his lifetime or shortly thereafter!
So ,it is possible he might have knocked some women in Italy orGaul where he was posted ?There were lot of women available to keep Caesar warm in the cold nights of Britain
She wouldn’t be a direct named descendant but all Italians are descendants the way Ganghis Khan is Asian’s ancestors. Look up DNA mathematics, and how many families are required to make 10 generations alone. Caesar was a huge womanizer and incredibly popular. Women threw themselves at him, and possible was stabbed because he was sleeping with all the senators’ wives. Add up his foreign exploits and he probably had hundreds of offspring all over Europe.