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Beware the Ides of March

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  1. Bonny Blue Flag

    Bonny Blue Flag 2nd Lieutenant Member of the Month

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    In Latin, Idus Martii or Idus Martiae.

    Idus = half division, in relation to a month.

    Used widely on the Roman calendar indicating approximate day that was the middle of the month. It was used on the 15th day of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of the rest of the months of the year.

    The Ides was usually a festive day, dedicated to the god of war, Mars, and a military parade was usually held.

    In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date Julius Caesar was killed, 44B.C.

    He was stabbed 23 times in the Roman Senate by a group of conspirators lead by Marcus Junius Brutus (whom Caesar had raised from childhood) and Gaius Cassius Longinus.

    A seer had foreseen Caesar would be harmed not later than the Ides of March and on his way to the Theatre of Pompey. On the fateful day, Caesar met with the seer and joked, "The Ides have come." meaning the prophesy had not been fulfilled. To which the seer replied, "Aye, Caesar, but not gone."

    This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play, "Julius Caesar", when Julius is warned by the soothsayer to "beware the Ides of March."

    --BBF
     
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    Thanks for posting this thread Bonny; it is very interesting :smile:
     
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    Oh, I usually write this on my quotes board at school, and I totally forgot yesterday! The 8th graders never know what it means, and I get a chance to explain it and broaden their horizons a little bit. Darn!
     
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    Interesting information. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    donna Lt. Colonel Forum Host

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    As Hannah stated, An interesting post. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Good info, thanks
     
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    Beloved Julius Caesar was foully murdered at the foot of Pompey's Statue. Pause a while and shed a tear. Although a man of many talents, he did not invent Caesar Salad dressing.

    In the 1700s an eccentric left a legacy for the Times of London to run a memorium to Caesar in its famed "Agony columns" every March 15th (in Latin) until Rupert Murdock took over the paper when it was dropped. I guess after 250 the legacy may have run out. There was a huge outpouring of letters to the editor that the quirky ad was restore, albeit in English.
     
  9. DanF

    DanF First Sergeant

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    Just curious but what is the connection with the civil war?

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    Nathanb1 Brigadier General Moderator Forum Host

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    Aha! That's the beauty of CivilWarTalk.......this particular forum is open to any discussions (long as they're civil)....and if you can think it, you can (probably) post it. It's one of the most charming things, IMO, about this website. We share what we're interested in!
     
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    My first and foremost interest has always been history, particularly ancient history, only in the past few years more modern history as in the Civil war.
     
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    ole Brev. Brig. Gen'l Retired Moderator

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    A bit of trivia: The title "Caesar" lives on in such titles as "Kaiser" and "Czar" (or tsar).
     
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    A bit of trivia: Calender that is used now, Gregorian Calendar, is based on Julian Calendar that was introduced by Julius himself, in 46 BC. Month July is named after him.
     

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