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He died in the fifty-sixth year of his age, and was ranked amongst the Gods, not only by a formal decree, but in the belief of the vulgar. For during the first games which Augustus, his heir, consecrated to his memory, a comet blazed for seven days together, rising always about eleven o'clock; and it was supposed to be the soul of Caesar, now received into heaven: for which reason, likewise, he is represented on his statue with a star on his brow. The senate-house in which he was slain, was ordered to be shut up, 1 and a decree made that the ides of March should be called parricidal, and the senate should never more assemble on that day.

1 Appian informs us that it was burnt by the people in their fury, B. C. xi. p. 521.

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