Beware the Ides of March. In honor of this notable day in history, I'm listing 13 facts about The Ides of March.
Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry "Caesar!" Speak, Caesar is turn'd to hear.
Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March.
Caesar: What man is that?
Brutus: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19
1. The Ides of March stands for March 15th.
2. The word Ides comes from the Latin word Idus, which means 'half-division,' especially in relation to months.
3. The term Ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, but the 13th for all other months.
4. The Ides of March was a festival day dedicated to Mars, the Roman God of War.
5. The Ides of March is best known for the day of Julius Cesar's murder in 44 B.C.
6. Caesar was stabbed 23 times near a Pompey statue where the Roman Senate was meeting, by a group of conspirators led by Brutus and Cassius.
7. Caesar had been warned by a soothsayer (see quote above from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar) - as well as a dream his wife had of his death - and he still chose to ignore the warnings/signs and go to the meeting.
8. According to Plutarch, a Greek historian, biographer, and essayist, over 60 men co-conspired the assassination of Julius Caesar.
9. "Et tu, Brute?" is a Latin phrase often used to represent the last words Julius Caesar, spoken to the man he thought was his friend, Marcus Brutus, at the moment of his assassination. It's loosely translated as: "You too, Brutus?" This appeared in Shakespeare's Julius Cesar (as: "Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!") but it is not known if these were his actual last words. It is hotly contested by historians.
10. "Et tu, Brute?" is now used in the western world to signify to the deepest and utmost betrayal.
11. The Ides of March is a term now synonymous with the Assassination of Julius Caesar.
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