Martii in Latin, the Ides of March (March 15) was a feast day on
the Roman calendar that became notorious as the date of the
assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar was a
turning point in Roman history, marking the transition from the
Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.
The Feast of Anna Perenna associated with the new year was
traditionally celebrated on the Ides of March with with picnics,
drinking, and revelry.
|Assasination of Julius Caesar
On the Ides of March in the year 44 BC, Julius Caesar was stabbed to
death at a meeting of the senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by
Brutus and Cassius, were involved.
According to Plutarch, a Greek historian, a seer had warned that harm
would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. On his way to
meet with the senate on that fateful day, Caesar passed the seer
and joked, "The ides of March have come," to which the seer
replied "Aye, Caesar; but not gone."
Moments later he was assasinated.
Julius Caesar by William
Act 1, scene 2, 15–19
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry "Caesar!" Speak, Caesar is turn'd to hear.
Beware the ides of March.
What man is that?
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
Other Notorious March 15
- Samoan Cyclone, 1889
- Russian's Czar Nicholas II
Abdicates His Throne, 1917
- Deadly Blizzard on the
Great Plains, 1941
- World Record Rainfall
on island of La
- CBS Cancels the “Ed
Sullivan Show,” 1971
- NASA reports Disappearing
Ozone Layer, 1988
- World Health Organization
issues global health altert for SARS, 2003