The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martiae) is the name of March 15 in the Roman calendar. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months. 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 killed in 709 AUC or 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinusand 60 other co-conspirators.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 Theatre 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.” This meeting is famously dramatized inWilliam Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to “beware the Ides of March.” Another incident on this date happened in 1917, when Nicholas II of Russia abdicated.
- The Ides of March is 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”.
- The Temple Hill Association in New Windsor, NY holds an annual dinner in honor of the Ides of March because it is also the day that General George Washington quelled a mutiny of his Officers in 1783.
Usage in modern popular culture
- A social commentary play, written by Duncan Ley, was titled “The Ides of March” and premiered at The White Bear Theatre in London, UK, on 28 November 2008.
- Thornton Wilder‘s 1948 The Ides of March is an epistolary novel set in Rome at the time of Julius Caesar.
- Silverstein, the post-hardcore band’s song, The Ides of March, is track number 3 in their full length studio album, Discovering the Waterfront.
- The Ides of March is quoted in a column written by the fictional Spider Jerusalem from the comic book Transmetropolitan.
- The Ides of March is an instrumental performed by Iron Maiden. It is the first track on their album Killers
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