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 ~