Beware the Ides of March

Oh my goodness . . . that’s today. Are you superstitious?

Gaius Julius Caesar
b.13 July 100BC ~ d.15 March 44BC
(Aged 55 years)

The Ides of March (March 15th) is famous as the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C. In the Roman calendar every month had an Ides! It was a basically day named to mark the middle of the month. It was the 15th day of the months March, May, July, and October. All the other months had theirs on the 13th.

Today most people only know of the Ides of March, made famous by the story of Julius Caesar as told by William Shakespeare. In the play, Caesar is parading down the street after a victory on the feast of Lupercal. A Soothsayer yells out from the crowd . . .

SOOTHSAYER: Caesar!
CAESAR: Ha? who calls?
CASCA: Bid every noise be still; peace yet again!
CAESAR: Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear.
SOOTHSAYER: Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR: What man is that?
BRUTUS: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
CAESAR: Set him before me, let me see his face.
CASSIUS: Fellow, come from the throng, look upon Caesar.
CAESAR: What say’st thou to me now? Speak once again.
SOOTHSAYER: Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR: He is a dreamer, let us leave him. Pass.
~ Julius Caesar (I.ii)

Too bad Jules didn’t listen.
His story might have turned out differently.

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One response to this post.

  1. Lauralee, I really appreciate this blog. Because I was telling Allen about the Ides of March, and we couldn’t remember why it was significant or where it came from. You’d think 2 English teacher would have remembered it was from Shakespeare, but we didn’t. SO, it was especially fun to read this.

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