It’s March 15th – The Ides Of March
I took three years of Latin in high school at the former UFA, and the phrase “Beware The Ides Of March” was something we learned. It was a warning for ancient Rome’s ruler, Julius Caesar, and today, March 15th is “The Ides Of March”.
So, what is “The Ides Of March”? According to Wikipedia:
“The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martii or Idus Martiae) is the name of the 15th day of March in the Roman calendar. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C.
According to Plutarch, a seer had foreseen that Caesar would be harmed not later than the Ides of March and on his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar met that seer and joked, “The ides of March have come”, meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Ay, 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.”