The Ides of March by Valerio Massimo ManfrediMarch, 44 BC. Rome, in all her glory, has expanded her territories beyond the wildest dreams of her citizens, led by Caius Julius Caesar -- Pontifex Maximus, dictator perpetuo, invincible military leader and only fifty-six years old. He is a man in command of his destiny, who wields enormous power throughout the vast empire. However his god-given mission - to end the blood-splattered fratricidal wars, reconcile implacably hostile factions and preserve Roman civilization and world order - is teetering dangerously close to collapse... His power is draining away. None of his supporters can stop the inexorably evolving plot against him and prophecy will explode into truth on the Ides of March and the world will change forever.
This is political thriller laced through with all the intrigue and action surrounding one of the most crucial turning points in the history of western civilization.
The meaning and origin of the expression: Beware the Ides of March
The bizarre phrase spoken by a soothsayer early in the play, and warns of the eventual assassination of Caesar. In the ancient Roman calendar the Ides was one of three markers used each month which related to the position of the moon. The Ides, which in March fell on the 15th, marked the full moon, with the Kalends denoting the first phase of the moon and the Nones signifying the first quarter moon. Caeser was stabbed 23 times as he sat in his golden chair at the Senate, with the fatal wound landing on his breast. In , a party of Frenchmen began a hour spree of rape, pillage and murder in southern England.
The Ides of March , better known as March 15th, marks an inauspicious anniversary associated with treachery and ill fortune. But, how did a day that was once celebrated by the Romans become so heavily steeped in superstition? Instead, they would count forward or back from fixed calendar points—the Nones the 5 th or 7 th day depending on the month , the Ides 13 th or 15 th day , and the Kalends the first day of the next month. The ides marks the halfway point of the month—most likely alluding to the day of the full moon, although historically the ides also corresponded to when bills became payable. Of course, such an infamous day would fall on payday. The Ides of March were at one point a celebratory day dedicated to the Roman god of war, Mars, complete with a military parade. So, when did an otherwise humdrum day of the year turn into the superstitious harbinger of ill omen we know it as today?
Today is the Ides of March—which just means the 15th of a month in the Roman calendar. Et tu, Brute? And unless you were livestock, the day was relatively inauspicious. Unfortunately there have been some other fateful events that have occurred on throughout history on March For example:. Of course, some good things have been known to occur on the Ides of March, too, including: the founding of Rolls Royce in , President Lyndon B. Shouldn't have let Brutus into the fridge… idesOfMarch pic.
You may have heard the phrase “beware the Ides of March,” but what is an Ides and what's The Ides is actually a day that comes about every month, not just in .
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The line is the soothsayer's message to Julius Caesar, warning of his death. The Ides of March didn't signify anything special in itself - this was just the usual way of saying "March 15th". The notion of the Ides being a dangerous date was purely an invention of Shakespeare's; each month has an Ides often the 15th and this date wasn't significant in being associated with death prior to These days the Ides of March passes by each year pretty much unnoticed. Months of the Roman calendar were arranged around three named days - the Kalends , the Nones and the Ides - and these were reference points from which the other unnamed days were calculated:. Kalends 1st day of the month. Nones the 7th day in March, May, July, and October; the 5th in the other months.
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It was marked by several religious observances and was notable for the Romans as a deadline for settling debts. The Romans did not number days of a month from the first to the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones the 5th or 7th, nine days inclusive before the Ides , the Ides the 13th for most months, but the 15th in March, May, July, and October , and the Kalends 1st of the following month. Originally the Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon , reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. In the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year. The Ides of each month were sacred to Jupiter , the Romans' supreme deity. The Flamen Dialis , Jupiter's high priest, led the "Ides sheep" ovis Idulis in procession along the Via Sacra to the arx , where it was sacrificed.