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The Ides of March

Did you know?

1 Most people in modern times know March 15 as the day Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C. He was stabbed to death.

2 In Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” a soothsayer offers Caesar a warning, “Beware the Ides of March.”

3 The word ides comes from the Latin word “idus,” which means half-division and in the Roman calendar refers to the approximate day that was the middle of the month. Ides was also used for the 15th day of May, July and October.

4 In Roman times, March 15 was a day of celebration and festivals dedicated to Mars, the god of war.

Caesar: The ides of March are come.
Soothsayer: Aye, Caesar, but not gone.

—Julius Caesar, Act III, Scene 1

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