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July is the first month of the year named for a specific person. Well, January, March, May, and June are all named for Greek or Roman gods, but July is named for a real historical person: Julius Caesar. Caesar was born in the month of July, which is why, in 44 BC, Rome renamed the summer month of Quintilis "Iulius" after the ambitious, toga-wearing general. We've asked Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings to cross the Rubicon this month and set the record straight about the life and death of the ancient world's biggest celeb. Friends, Romans, countrymen: lend him your ears.

The Debunker: Was Caesar Killed in the Capitol?

In Shakespeare's mind, the famous assassination of Julius Caesar took place on the steps on the Capitol, where the Roman Senate met. "Come to the Capitol," Cassius urges Caesar with a petition, luring him to his death at the conspirators' hands. Later, in Hamlet, Shakespeare was so confident about this historical fact that he has the gloomy prince of Denmark make a pun about it. "I was killed in the Capitol; Brutus killed me," says Polonius, reminiscing about his acting career. "It was a brute part of him to kill so capital a calf there," ripostes Hamlet.

The Debunker

This probably doesn't sound surprising to us today—especially to Americans, whose Senate does meet in a building called the Capitol. But Shakespeare's Roman geography was pretty shaky. The Capitolium, as the Romans called it, was not a building but a hill—the Capitoline Hill, the smallest but most central of the fabled seven hills of Rome. Around 500 BC, it was the site of an important temple to Jupiter, and today, Rome's city hall is found there. But the Roman Senate never met there; Shakespeare was probably thinking of the Senate House in the Roman forum, located in a small valley between the Capitoline and Palatine Hills.

But the Curia Julia wasn't the actual site of the historical assassination either! To weaken the Senate, Julius Caesar had removed the institution from its home at the Curia Cornelia, built by Sulla, and had ordered the construction of a new, less centrally located Senate building: the Curia Julia. But in the meantime, the Senate was meeting temporarily in a smaller room in the Theatre of Pompey, half a mile away from Capitoline Hill and even farther from the Forum. The setting for history's most famous stabbing was the portico in front of a nicely decorated room—not the cavernous, pillared space sometimes seen in paintings. But I can see how "Curia Pompeia" would have been harder for Shakespeare to write puns about than "Capitol."

Quick Quiz: The iconic dome of the U.S. Capitol was constructed during which war?

Ken Jennings is the author of eleven books, most recently his Junior Genius Guides, Because I Said So!, and Maphead. He's also the proud owner of an underwhelming Bag o' Crap. Follow him at ken-jennings.com or on Twitter as @KenJennings.

telymanbws


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The War of 1812 resulted in much of the new dome being destroyed. However, construction did continue when the war ended. So was it built during The War of 1812? I'm not so sure.

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telymanbws wrote:The War of 1812 resulted in much of the new dome being destroyed. However, construction did continue when the war ended. So was it built during The War of 1812? I'm not so sure.



I'm not so sure either, however considering it is now a refurbished dome, it should be a little cheaper than a new one.


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The capital in Washington was burned in 1814 in a raid by forces of the United Kingdom (Canadians and First Nations people). The building was rebuilt using Slave labour. In North America the event occurred during the "War of 1812" (1812 - 1815) but was considered "Mr. Madison's War". The Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814 but was ratified by the United States on February 15, 1815 with no change in boundaries (....in other words a GIANT waste of life with the USA not making any gains...an unfortunate practice which has repeated itself with many of the more recent attempts of the United States of America)

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telymanbws wrote:The War of 1812 resulted in much of the new dome being destroyed. However, construction did continue when the war ended. So was it built during The War of 1812? I'm not so sure.



The question was "The iconic dome of the U.S. Capitol was constructed during which war?" so you would be correct if the question was when was the dome originally built? But that domes was removed in 1856 as it was made of copper and the current dome was completed in 1863. So the correct answer would be the Civil War.

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Correct, Lincoln was asked if construction should continue during the war with increasing costs and he did not want to allow the war to interrupt the construction for fear of the appearance it would give.

villanim wrote:The question was "The iconic dome of the U.S. Capitol was constructed during which war?" so you would be correct if the question was when was the dome originally built? But that domes was removed in 1856 as it was made of copper and the current dome was completed in 1863. So the correct answer would be the Civil War.



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cmstamm wrote:I'm not so sure either, however considering it is now a refurbished dome, it should be a little cheaper than a new one.



I hope they got the Square warranty with that refurb.

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