Beware the Ides of March

The Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15th in the year 44 BC  stabbed 23 times  by 60 senators – including his best friend, Marcus Julius Brutus (“Et tu Brute?” –William Shakespeare). A soothsayer, one who professes to foretell events, had warned Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March.” Thus, this date has been forever imbued with a sense of foreboding. However, in Roman times the expression “Ides of March” was simply the standard way of saying “March 15.” Even in Shakespeare’s time, sixteen centuries later, audiences attending his play Julius Caesar wouldn’t have blinked twice upon hearing the date called the Ides.

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