March 15th - The Ides of March

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"Beware the Ides of March"

~ Soothsayer, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Today, March 15th, marks the Ides of March. The concept of the "Iudus Martii" has been immortalized by the assassination of Gaius Julius Caesar on this day in 44 BC.

In Roman times and for centuries after, the Ides was a term for the approximate middle day of any month (either the 15th or 13th, depending on the month). Since the original Roman calendar was set up to coincide with the moon, the Ides would theoretically be the day of the full moon, although the actual calendar dates were often completely out of sync with what nature had going on. The Ides in general were considered unlucky days along with several others throughout the month.


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