First in Recorded History: The Autopsy of Julius Caesar | A ‘Body Bags’ Special Report

On March 15th in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar, the Roman dictator, was assassinated by a group of senators who stabbed him 23 times during a Senate meeting.

The senators claimed Caesar’s concentration of power threatened the Roman Republic. However, their efforts to restore the Republic failed, and the aftermath led to a civil war and the rise of the Roman Empire. His death also led to the earliest recorded autopsy in history.

In this episode of “Body Bags,” forensics expert Joseph Scott Morgan and special guest co-host Dave Mack discuss the purpose of autopsies, Caesar’s life, and leadership, the details of how he was attacked, the injuries sustained, and how this event shaped the course of history.

[Feature Photo: The Assassination of Julius Caesar By William Holmes Sullivan (1836-1908) – Self-photographed, Public Domain, on display at the Royal Shakespeare Tavern Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom]