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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

Ides of March

While today may be just another ordinary day, some people associate March 15 with misfortune, menace and superstition. Today is the Ides of March.

Many years ago, Roman leader Julius Caesar was warned by an all-knowing, albeit anonymous, soothsayer. The wise man warned him he was in imminent danger and to “Beware the Ides of March,” a day in the Roman calendar that marked the middle of the month. But Caesar did not heed the advice and was murdered by a group of conspirators on March 15, 44 B.C. The “liberators,” comprised of both friend and foe alike, brutally stabbed Julius Caesar more than 20 times on the Ides of March. Caesar bled to death in the Roman Senate.

Whether you believe March 15th is filled with doom and gloom or is just like any other day of the year, don’t let history repeat itself. Note to self - if a wise soothsayer happens to warn you of impending danger, stay home!

How to Celebrate the Ides of March

  • William Shakespeare used the infamous line in one of his famous plays, Julius Caesar.

  • What other world-wide events have happened on March 15th?

  • Besides Eva Longoria, Jimmy Swaggart, Robert Nye, Mike Love, Fabio and, who else was born on March 15th?

  • Some people celebrate March 15th with a Toga Party. Learn how to make a Toga out of sheets.

  • Whether you are superstitious or not, take a look at some of the more common superstitions.

  • Watch the new flick, The Ides of March, written by and starring the handsome hunk, George Clooney.

March 15 is also Everything You Think is Wrong Day. Just sayin'...


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