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I visited Rome recently and did an audio tour through the Colosseum and Roman Forum archeological sites. In the Roman Forum there is the remains of the Temple of Caesar, where Julius Caesar was cremated.

Here is a photo of the site from my visit: Flowers at Temple of Caesar

As you can see, there are flowers that have been recently placed at the site, and apparently they are regularly placed there. My question is, why? He died so long ago that surely no one has any close connection to him, though I know he was deified, so perhaps there are some that still worship him?

Or is it perhaps just organised by the staff at the Roman Forum as a tourist attraction? All I've been able to find on the internet is that there is fresh flowers there all year around, which makes it seem strange someone would pay to enter every day to lay them there.

Can anyone shed some light?

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+1. I am curious my self. – Jim Thio Jul 7 '13 at 12:43
people leave flowers at many monuments out of respect for the people commemorated there, irrespective of blood or even cultural ties. – jwenting Jul 8 '13 at 5:38
The same reason could be why there are monuments on the Thermopilae battlefield. – Voitcus Jul 9 '13 at 8:42
More important than the fact that he died a long time ago, is the fact that he was a tyrant that destroyed the Roman republic forever and invoked a civil war that killed thousand of Romans. This is really weird that the descendants of the ancient Romans have any respect for him. – Erel Segal-Halevi Mar 4 '15 at 20:34

It seems like it has a relation 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 remembrances, there are many more...."



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