Why was Julius Caesar idolized?

Why do people still leave flowers in the temple of Julius Caesar?

I recently visited Rome and took an audio tour of the archaeological sites of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. In the Roman Forum are the remains of the Temple of Caesar, where Julius Caesar was cremated.

Here is a photo of the page from my visit:

As you can see, there are flowers that have recently been placed on the site, and apparently they are regularly placed there. My question is why? He died so long ago that certainly no one has a close association with him, although I know he was adored. Maybe there are some who still adore him?

Or is it maybe just organized as a tourist attraction by the Roman Forum staff? All I could find on the internet is that they have fresh flowers all year round which makes it seem strange that someone would pay to enter every day to put them there.

Can someone shed some light on the darkness?


People leave flowers at many monuments out of respect for the people who are remembered there, regardless of blood or even cultural ties.


The same reason could be why there are monuments on the Thermopilae battlefield.

Erel Segal-Halevi

More important than the fact that he died a long time ago is the fact that he was a tyrant who forever destroyed the Roman Republic and started a civil war that killed thousands of Romans. It is really strange that the descendants of the ancient Romans should have respect for him.


It seems that it has a relationship with the "souvenir" of the Italian kingdom and the fascist era:

"... but sometimes, on days that always seem to coincide with monarchist and (divine Julius forbid!) fascist memories, there is much more ..."




He was a loyal ruler of Rome, as some people were, because of that

Mark C. Wallace ♦

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Kill time

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@KillingTime - Shame I can't add both post notifications. The one with the most votes wins.