Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day Seventy Four 2011

Some Random

Grand daughter Shelby's breakfast~Granny Smith apple slices

Grandpeeps Shelby and Elijah on spring break this week~playing games on Nintendo DS

The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martii) is the name of 15 March in the Roman calendar, probably referring to the day of the full moon. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.
On his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar visited with a seer who had foretold that harm would come to him not later than the Ides of March. Caesar joked, "Well, the Ides of March have come", to which the seer replied "Ay, they have come, but they are not gone." This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespear's play Julius
Caesar, when Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March".
So now you know. Don't say I never taught you nothin.

3 comments:

Jane said...

Well, I've been wondering what the ides of March meant. Now I know! Entertaining and informative! :) Hope the kiddos are enjoying Spring Break!

Ann said...

What Jane said :0) See you guys on Thursday!

Kelly said...

These historical facts used to bounce around in my head back in 9th grade...7am Humanities class. I guess it finally bounced out... thanks for the re-education! Is that a word?
:o)