Monday, March 15, 2010

The Ides of March

Happy Ides of March!!
In Roman cultue the Ides of March was a festival dedicated to the god Mars (Ares). Now it is referred to as the day that Julius Caesar was betrayed and murdered.

Caesar was warned by a prophet to watch out for himself on the Ides of March. On the way to a theatre Caesar saw the prophet and joked "Well, the Ides of March have come," to which the prophet replied "Ay, they have come, but they are not gone." This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March."

When he got to the theatre he was murdered by members of the government including his BFF Brutus, which is how we get the famous quote: "Et tu Brute?" (And you Brutus?/You too Brutus?)

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