Monday, March 15, 2010


Do you know what I am talking about?  Think about it.  Look at the calendar.  Still don't know what I am talking about?  Just ask this guy in the next picture.  

Do you know who this is?  That's right, it's Julius Caesar.  Now do you know why we are supposed to beware?

That's right!  Today is the Ides of March.  What is the Ides of March?

The gentleman above, William Shakespeare, made the term famous with his play about Julius Caesar, when he warned "beware the ides of March."

The Ides of March is referred to as March 15th on the Roman calendar.  The Ides refers to the 15th of the months of March, May, July, and October.

According to Plutarch, Caesar was warned by a seer to be on his guard against a great peril on the Ides of March.  On his way to the Theater of Pompey (where he would be assassinated) Caesar saw the seer and joked, "Well, the Ides of March have come," to which the seer replied, "Ay, they have come, but they are not gone."  Therefore, the Ides of March has come to be known as the day Caesar was killed.

Many strange things happened on this day, including my favorite, the appearance of St. Elmo's fire.  That will be saved for another post.  I hope this day ends for you a little better than it did for Caesar.

Et tu, Brute?
Big Daddy of the Bard


Sarah said...

OK, that's it, now I understand... why you wear glasses that is. It's because your big brain is sucking all the oxygen out of your eyes! SO after years of marriage I won't ask the question "HOW DO YOU KNOW ALL THIS STUFF??" Instead I'll just sit back and bask in your knowledge. You my Big Brain Daddy of the Bard are the coolest! ;>
God's blessings today & always,
Mama :D

Andy said...

Don't forget, my Mom is an English teacher. This one falls squarely in her lap.

Big Daddy