Beware the Ides of March.
Those are words we know thanks, in part, to Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar” and the scene where an unknown soothsayer emerges from a crowd and warns Caesar to “Beware the ides of March.” If you paid attention in your literature class, you might remember the Ides in 44 BC marked the assassination of Julius Caesar. This event led to a crisis in the Roman Republic and preceded the Roman Civil War.
The Ides of March is the 74th day in the Roman calendar and corresponds to March 15. For Romans, the Ides marked several religious observances and served as a deadline for settling debts. It seems some believed Caesar had it coming. Even worse, the Ides often corresponded to a full moon, which triggered more omens.
But according to Barry Strauss in his book “The Death of Caesar,” some things…
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