Wednesday, March 11, 2009


As March 15th once again approaches I think of the assassination of Julius Caesar and the now famous statement from Shakespeare: "Beware the Ides of March". Did you know that Julius Caesar was assassinated on the Ides of March 44 BC after declaring himself dictator of Rome for life?

For those that don't know the Ides of March is March 15th. Ides were also known as the 15th of May, July and October, and the 13th of the month for all other months. The word "idus" or ides stems from the Latin for "half division".

The Ides of March are celebrated each year by the Rome Hash House Harriers with a toga run in the streets of Rome in the same place where Julius Caesar was killed. 

I don't think we have to beware of the Ides of March, but I do think we should be "aware" of it, as when we get to the 15th of March - Spring is but a week away. All hail Spring.

-Au Revoir

"Et tu Brute?" - Julius Caesar

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