The Game of Tag and the Death of Julius Caesar

Invented in 45 B.C., the game of tag is a story of irony. This simple game caused the great Roman Empire to crumble, while thousands of years later it brings happiness to children around the world.

Seen as an integral part of the Roman Empire, the Roman Senate was said to have been an advisory counsel to the king. In truth it was a group of shirkers and retired politicians, all of whom bought their place in the Senate. While many decisions and trends came from the Senate, the longest-lasting contribution was the game of TAG (Togas Are Glorious).

Tag eventually got out of hand.

Historians have long debated how the game began, but all that matters in the end is that one day March 15, 44 B.C. Gaius Juliae took things way too far. Without warning he sprang from his seat and began to chase Julius Caesar up the east-side steps of the forum to the cheers of everyone watching. They sprinted across the balcony far above the senators and then sprinted down the west-side stairs. Julius Caesar began to laugh uncontrollably as he sprinted downward. Midway down the stairs, Julius stepped on his toga, skidded down several steps on his knees and slammed his head full force into the side wall of the stairs. Upon hitting the wall his hand scraped the calf of Marcus Junius Brutus. With a half smile, while knowing his end was near, the great Julius Caesar said, “Et tu, Brute.” Translated into English: “Brutus, you’re It.” Julius Caesar then passed away quietly.

Shocked and embarrassed at this sudden turn of events during a simple game, the Senate met to get everybody’s story straight. They left the forum and announced the assassination of the great Julius Caesar. In the end, the death of Julius Caesar marked and accelerated the decay of the once great Roman Empire.

Mrs. Parker’s second grade class reenacting the death of Julius Caesar.

Much thanks goes to an alert and concerned historian (Jane from South Carolina), who asked me to research the death of this historical figure.


4 Responses to “The Game of Tag and the Death of Julius Caesar”

  1. 1 Wallace Timothy Lamark August 11, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    That’s funny! I never thought that a modern children’s game was the cause of the fall of Rome!

    Wally Lamark

  2. 2 Powerful Peace September 4, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    “Brutus, you’re It.”

    For that simple phrase, I award you the Order of CMLLLiH, the highest honor in my power to grant (“The Coolest Multi-Layered Lampoon Line in History”).

    I laughed – this one almost made me pee myself like Stonewall. (A very close runner-up on the FunniMeter is your earnest Commenter’s exhortation to get your history right.)

    I found your site by pure, unvarnished serendipity – I was scrolling through the growls and snarls regarding Gov. Palin’s nomination, saw your reasoned comment, clicked on “T.H.Bluff”, and the rest is…well, you know.

    Your comment on the nomination was refreshing. I am a recently-retired SEAL with intel and counterterrorism specialties; I recently began writing “PowerfulPeace” in the hopes of surmounting political (and all other) small squabbles to work toward what we all really do want: more security and less hateful violence in the world. It won’t help us (US us, or global us) accomplish this true aim if our energy is poured into resisting the other side on principle.

    On a selfish note, I was trying to find a site – any site – that would complement my own as a link and help spread the net. Yours is the first to rise above our differences and help spread a little positivity. You’ll now find THB linked on

    Please check it out. If you like it, please tell everyone you’ve ever met, ever. If you love it, please link in.

    – P2

  3. 3 YUWAB October 29, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Ahhh, so that’s what TAG stands for! Hehe, thanks for the post – great blog by the way!

  1. 1 Wednesday’s Blog Review #4 | Your Unwritten Autobiography Trackback on October 29, 2008 at 8:06 pm

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