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Alea iacta est (English: "The die has been cast") is a Latin phrase attributed by Suetonius (as iacta alea est Template:IPA-la) to Julius Caesar on January 10, 49 BC as he led his army across the River Rubicon in Northern Italy. With this step, he entered Italy at the head of his army in defiance of the Senate and began his long civil war against Pompey and the Optimates. The phrase is still used today in Italy (Italian: "Il dado è tratto") to mean that events have passed a point of no return, that something inevitably will happen.

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