Ides of March

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Vincenzo Camuccini, Mort de César, 1798.

The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martias) is the name of the date March 15 in the Roman calendar. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October.[1] The Ides of March was a festive Day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. In William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March."[2]  


[edit] Etymology

The term idūs (ides) originally referred to the day of the full moon. The Romans considered this an auspicious day in their calendar. The word ides comes from Latin, meaning "half division" (of a month) but is probably of non-Indo-European origin.[3]

[edit] Usage in modern popular culture

[edit] In music

Band/Artist Album Song Released
The Ides of March
Thee Mighty Caesars Beware the Ides of March 1985
Iron Maiden Killers "The Ides of March" 1981
Silverstein Discovering the Waterfront "Ides of March" 2005
Codeine The White Birch "Ides" 1994
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy II "Ides of March"[4] TBA

[edit] In print, film, television and theatre

[edit] Observances

  • The internet group Anonymous used the phrase "beware the Ides of March" when referring to its then-upcoming March 15th, 2008 mass protest against the Church of Scientology.
  • 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.
  • The Atlanta Chapter of the Dagorhir Battle Games Association hosts an annual spring event at Red Horse Stables on the weekend closest to the 15th of March. The event is appropriately named "The Ides of March".

[edit] References

  1. ^ Merriam-Webster Dictionary, ides
  2. ^ William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene II
  3. ^ Webster's Third New International Dictionary (1986), Unabridged (Merriam-Webster Inc. Publishers, Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.).
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