Caesar Lives! (but in Name Only)

For a dead Roman, the surname Caesar is very much alive.

The origin of the name is mistakenly associated with the Caesarean section. Julius Caesar was said to have been delivered surgically, (caedere Ides of March“to cut”) however, Caesar’s mother lived and such operations would have been fatal to the woman in ancient times.

Food lovers will be familiar with the Caesar salad created by Caesar Cardini, an Italian restaurateur in Tijuana, Mexico,  in 1924. Then there is third largest pizza chain in the United States, Little Caesars.

For those who love codes or cryptography, the Caesar cipher is one of the simplest types where each letter in the plaintext is ‘shifted’ a certain number of places down the alphabet.

For those who love casinos, Caesar’s Palace is a classic, Roman-themed casino hotel on the west side of the Strip between the Bellagio and the Mirage.

And now, a new generation of students are familiar with another Caesar-power broker, the Master of Ceremonies for the popular trilogy Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  The character Caesar Flickerman is played by Stanley Tucci (who considered the character a little “creepy”)

While we are reminded annually about the Ides of March and Julius Caesar’s demise, in our popular culture Caesar lives!


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