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Beware! Beware of the Ides of March!

Beware! Beware of the Ides of March!

Today is March 15 or also known as The Ides of March.  One should be caution of who they turn their back on.  This is especially true for our friends.  It is a day known for backstabbing… literally.

The Ides of March was often a day of religious observance.  It became infamous because Julius Caesar’s assassination occurred on March 15th.

William Shakespeare made this memorable in his play, Julius Caesar.  In the play, Julius Caesar is warned by a Soothsayer (fortune teller), “Beware of the Ides of March.”  Caesar then dismisses it by saying that the soothsayer is but a dreamer.  On the day, Emperor Caesar declares to the soothsayer  Caesar: “The ides of March are come” but the Soothsayer responds with  “Ay, Caesar; but not gone.”  All of this as foreshadowing of the assignation of Caesar by some of his closest friends and allies including his dear friend Marcus Brutus.  This is why Julius Caesar’s last words (in the play) are “Et tu, Brute? Then fall Caesar!”  

Each month on the Roman calendar had an Ides.  March’s Ides is the 15th.  Some months have an Ides that is the 13th.  It is based on the number of days in a month.  The Romans didn’t track the days of the month in the manor we do.

Whatever you do today, beware of the Ides of March especially if a group of friends come baring a knife, don’t turn your back.

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