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Beware the Ides of March

March 15, 2007
 Today is the 15th, the middle of March and is the Ides of March in the Roman Calendar.  Of course nowadays we use the Julian Calendar, but before Julius Caesar brought about the change they still referred to the middle of the month as the 15th.  I guess that is why he didn’t see it coming when they plugged him in the back.
  Jeff will be making me a nice Italian dinner tonight to stay in the theme.  Yummy!
  I found this trivia on Wikipedia

  • Ides had real meaning only in the Roman Calendar, which had just been displaced by the Julian Calendar. However, the term "Ides" was still used in a vernacular sense for centuries afterwards to denote the middle of the month.
  • Because of William Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar and its line "Beware the Ides of March", the term "Ides of March" has come to mean a foreboding of doom.
  • The Ides of March are celebrated every year by the Rome Hash House Harriers with a toga run in the streets of Rome, in the same place where Julius Caesar was killed.

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