The Ides of March

The ‘Ides’ refers to a lunar calendar, a full moon on the 15th of the month in March, May, July, and October, and the 13th in the other eight months. When the lunar calendar became different than the monthly calendar, the full moon was no longer always on the 13th or the 15th, and the phrase went out of use.

On this day in 44BC, Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by senators who called themselves the Liberatores (Liberators). They claimed they were preserving the integrity of the Roman system. In modern usage, it was Shakespeare who popularized the phrase “the ides of March” in his play Julius Caesar. Caesar is in front of a crowd of people, and he says, “Who is it in the press that calls on me?/I hear a tongue shriller than all the music/Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.” And a soothsayer replies, “Beware the ides of March.”

About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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