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Beware the Ides of March

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Beware the Ides of March

Angela Park, Staff Writer

March 15th, the day of Julius Caesar’s death, aka the Ides of March. This story first originates back when Julius Caesar was in power, and Rome was rising. The word “Ides” along with “Kalends” and “Nones” are all specific words used to tell dates in a month, mostly aligned with  lunar phases. Ides is referred to the first full moon in the given month which usually falls between March 13-15. In 44 BC, the death of Julius Caesar occurred; he was assassinated by his best friends, stabbed to death by Brutus and Cassius.

According to Shakespeare’s famous play, Julius Caesar, a seer warned of harm that would come on the Ides of March. On his way to the Theater of  Pompey, (where he would be killed), Caesar passed by the seer as he repeated the quote, “Beware the Ides of March.”  Julius joked “The Ides of March are come,” meaning that it has already passed (when it didn’t completely pass and was still the same day:/), the seer responded, “Aye; Caesar, but not gone,” and later that night He was killed. In Roman history, after the assassination caused Rome to fall into a civil war, and led to the power of Julius’s adoptive heir, Octavius, (later on called Augustus). Nowadays, after this tragic incident, the phrase, “Beware the Ides of March” is used in a scary and superstitious way, when honestly the beginning was celebration of the lunar year’s first full moon.

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