Friday, March 15, 2013

Day Seventy Four 2013

Apparently, this is what Julius Caesar thought before he was assassinated on March 15, 44 BC.

In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, "The ides of March have come," meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied "Aye, Caesar; but not gone." This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to "beware the Ides of March.”  The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.

I do hope everything about your TGIF is totally hunky dory. Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!


Jane said...

The Ides of March have come... aye, but not gone! I think we'll be just fine, because everything's hundy dory! :) Happy Friday!

Kelly said...

I memorized all the details back in the ninth grade for humanities class. I've since forgotten much of it. Pretty interesting part of history :) Hunky Dory! Who came up with that?

Ann S. said...

What Jane and Kelly said :0)