Monday, March 15, 2010

The Ides of March

In William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March."

Some people think this is an ominous day both now and in history. It first became famous when Julius Ceasar was murdered on this date in history, in 44 BC.

Today the Ides of March is remembered 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 ides of March used to be a festive day. People used to celebrate this date by honoring the god Mars.

Today, some people believe it is a date for radical change.

What do you think? Do you celebrate the Ides of March or fear it?

6 comments:

Bish Denham said...

It's simply the middle of the month to me.

Kimberly Franklin said...

I agree with Bish... just a normal day for me. : )

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Nothing to fear here!

David Batista said...

I celebrate it, but not because of any connection to Aries/Mars. The Ides of March means that Easter and Spring are not far away! It's the time when I mentally make the transition away from Winter.

Kelly said...

Nope, but it's one day closer to spring! :)

Rena said...

Interesting -- I always learn something new on your blog, Kim!