What Are Ides Anyway?
March 13, 2011
The other day I was thinking about how quickly the year has gone by thus far, and I found it incredible that we are already in the middle of March.
I recalled that famous line in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar where Caesar is cautioned to "beware the Ides of March." Then, I started wondering what an "ide" is anyway. I did a little quick online research to find some answers. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October; it was used for the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the Roman god Mars, and a military parade was usually held to help celebrate the occasion. The Ides of March is better known as the date when Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate in 44 B.C.
If you would like to read this or any of the works of William Shakespeare, all you have to do is visit your local library. We have different versions of Shakespeare's works, including editions written in more modern English to make it easier for today's readers. And don't forget to beware the Ides of March this Tuesday.
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