Friday, March 14, 2014

BEWARE OF THE...........

The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances, and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history; as it marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.
The Romans did not number the days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back, from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th) and the Kalends (1st) of the following month. The "Ides" occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most of the months, but on the 15th for March, May, July and October. The "Ides" were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar.
Reverse side of a coin issued by Caesar's assassin Brutus 
in the fall of 42 BC, with the abbreviation EID MAR (Ides of March) 
under a "cap of freedom" between two daggers.
In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44  BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, "The Ides of March have come", meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied "Aye, Caesar, but not gone".
Caesar's death was a closing event in the crisis of the Roman Republic, and triggered the civil war that would result in the rise to power of his adopted heir Octavian (later known as Augustus).
On a lighter note - as a young girl, my English Teacher of 4 years would make her way to my desk, rest her hand on my shoulder (every 15th of March), look out around the classroom and say most dramatically - "Beware of the Ides of March, for the Ides of March are upon thee". Then, (as I was expected), I would have to stand up in class and read my homework on Julius Caesar.......for you see; my Teacher knew it was my Birthday on The Ides of March -  and to this day, I have not forgotten the history of Julius Caesar. I seem to remember even writing a song about his death; the title being "33 Stab Wounds on His Chest" - and it was not dramatic or historical, but rather funny, with a "groovy" beat :) 


Red said...

Well, happy birthday! What a historic day for a birthday. You've obviously done some research on this one.

genie said...

OK...You need to remember the lyrics and share them with us. Boy, do you remember the history of Caesar. HAPPY BIRTHDAy, my friend. I owe you a letter. More snow coming Sunday night! UGH!!!

DJan said...

Well, Happy Birthday, and thanks for the history lesson! :-)

biebkriebels said...

What a nice story Lily to remember every year on your birthday. I wish you a very happy birthday, you look younger every year!

Linda Wildenstein said...

Well Happy Happiest to you. You have an excellent reason for knowing all about the Ides of March. My granddaughters BD is on Cinco de Mayo....she like you can tell chapter and verse of the history of that date.
I think anyone's BD is an historic occurrance all on it's own. So here's to you (clink) my blogging buddy. with tons of best wishes, Oma Linda

Gail said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Francesca Edesia said...

Happy Birthay Dear Saucy! You know more about Italian history than I do!