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Ides of March: Foreboding stems from Julius Caesar's murder in 44 BC

This is an undated sketch of Julius Caesar, Roman general and statesman.

March 15, 2013 10:24:50 AM PDT
Ides of March, or Idus Martias, became synonymous with a feeling of foreboding after Julius Caesar was assassinated.

That was in 44 B.C. And, to this day, March 15 is still considered a fateful day.

The saying, "Beware the Ides of March," was popularized by William Shakespeare's play, "Julius Caesar,"

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.

From that moment forward, March 15 became associated with Caesar's assassination at the statue of Pompey by Roman senators, including his once-close friend, Brutus. That led to another famous Shakespeare quote, "Et tu, Brute?"

"Beware the Ides of March" is still recognized as a warning.

Before Caesar's assassination, the Ides of March was related to the phases of the moon for the Roman calendar.


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