“Beware the Ides of March”

Welcome to “The Ides of March”!  Since studying William Shakespeare’s tragic play in highschool, this has been a revered day for me.  I don’t know why, it just stuck in my brain.  The word “Ides” in Latin, simply means middle.  So that’s what the Ides of March refers to, March 15 ~ today!

I turned to www.wikipedia.org  to refresh my memory on some details of the event.        Caesar was said to have been brutally murdered on this day in 44 B.C.  He was stabbed to death in a Roman Senate led by Marcus Brutus Junius.  That’s the sad part, Julius Caesar never saw it coming.  He trusted Brutus.  But Brutus was drawn in, some say by fear, to a conspiracy against Caesar.  Julius Caesar was cautioned by his soothsayer, but he ignored him.  And this lead to one of  the most famous lines in Shakespeare’s play, “Beware the Ides of March”.  Do you recall the other famous line?  He had arrived at the Senate and the stabbing commenced and then he saw Brutus.  I can’t imagine what went through his mind?  He must have been in shock and felt so deceived and betrayed.  And then in his last breaths he said, “Et tu, Brute?” This loosely translates to ~ Even you, Brutus?

I don’t know about you, but this leaves a lump in throat.  Even sadder is that sometimes, we are no different.  We walk into our own demise even though we’ve been cautioned.  Et tu, Brute?

Beware the Ides of March ~

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15 Responses to “Beware the Ides of March”

  1. wobsy says:

    Old Julius was the head of a brutal regime. Those who live by the sword……

  2. Well for me its a good day, my fourth grandchild (third grandson) was born on this day!

  3. Reblogged this on stuff i tell my sister and commented:

    A post from last year that I will share again….. “Beware the Ides of March”! Happy March 15! paula ♥

  4. I did my post on this yesterday. It is remarkable how much Roman/Latin culture remains in our contemporary time.

  5. bulldog says:

    Remember the line so well … yet it is one of those days where one of my children was born… I should have heeded the line…

  6. amb says:

    I hear you about getting the lump in your throat Paula! I saw a production of Julius Caesar a couple of years ago and surprised myself by getting all verklempt at the end. I think it affected me for the same reasons you mentioned – I’ve definitely barreled headfirst into something when I should have known better!

  7. Yes, I too studied Julius Caesar in High school. You are correct that it can be applied to being deceived, and at the time (as a fifteen year old) I did not get that meaning out of it, but now knowing how that feels and with all the worldly wisdom ….. yes, it must have been painful.

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