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Beware the Ides of March
03-17-2011, 04:10 AM #1
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I have to admit I've heard the term all my life and never really quite cared enough to find out what the meaning behind the phrase actually was.

To begin with the term "ides" was used to refer to the 15th day of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of all other months. blink.gif

The Ides of March also marks the death of Ceasar, who was stabbed 23 times in the Roman Senate.

So there you have it, sorry couldn't make a Japan EQ connection.


03-17-2011, 04:17 AM #2
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Before the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Ides of March was:

-A division of the calendar based on the phases of the moon. In some months, the Ides is on the 15th, and in others, it is the 13th. [See Roman Calendar.]

-March's Ides marked the beginning of the consular year, since the two annually elected Roman consuls took office on the Ides from c. 220 B.C. to 153, when they began to take office on the Kalends of January (what we call New Year's Day).


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03-17-2011, 04:06 PM #4
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spock.gif Interesting timely post. Seems the ides of March caught people off guard this time.



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