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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Beware!

The Ides of March


We hear it in the middle of every March
but why?


Ides comes from the Latin Idus, meaning half
division.  Many months had a celebration midway
through.  March 15th was a festive day dedicated
to the god Mars.  Usually a military parade was held.


The Ides of March is largely remembered
because it was the day Julius Caesar was
killed in 44BC.  In Shakespeare's play Julius
Caesar, Caesar is warned by the soothsayer
to "beware the ides of March."






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