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Obscura Society NY: "Sic Semper Tyrannis" A Lecture on Assassination

Discover why emperors and presidents are often assassinated publicly and theatrically at this lecture auspiciously presented on the Ides of March.

In 44 BCE, why was Julius Caesar mobbed by 60 armed Senators at an official Senate meeting and publicly sliced into bloody spaghetti, rather than meeting his end in a dark nighttime side street from the concealed blade of an anonymous assassin? In 1170 CE, what did St. Thomas Becket talk about with his murderers just before getting the top of his cranium sliced off with a sword right inside England’s main cathedral? In 1865, why, with a gaping hole in the back of his head, was Lincoln’s lifeless body desperately resuscitated just so he could live, unconscious, for another few hours? What does it mean when a leader is assassinated publicly? On the Ides of March, rogue historian Dan Veksler will talk about the history of imperial, clerical and presidential assassinations - public and private - and the meaning behind the way they happen.


Tuesday, March 15th at 7pm

at Unnameable Books

600 Vanderbilt Avenue