What Does 'The Ides of March' Really Mean?
First of all, the word "ides" refers to the middle of a month during Roman times. And since Julius Caesar was betrayed and stabbed 23 times by a group of Roman senators on March 15 in 44 B.C., it carries an even stronger Roman significance. And because of this momentous historical event, William Shakespeare wrote a play about it and helped make the phrase infamous. (It even landed in a hilarious "Simpsons" episode.)
Besides Shakespeare though, "The Ides of March" has been used as the title for various works of literature including Thornton Wilder's 1948 novel (which coincidentally also is set during Caesar's time), and a social commentary play by Duncan Ley that premiered on the London stage in 2008. George Clooney is directing and co-starring (of course) with Ryan Gosling in a film called "The Ides of March," based on Beau Willimon's "Farragut North," which will come out later this year.
Music has also adopted "The Ides of March" into its repertoire. Both Iron Maiden and hardcore group Silverstein have composed tracks with that title in mind. And the rock band The Ides of March brought their hit "Vehicle" to American and British music lovers in 1970.
In recent years, "The Ides of March" has also become a day of protest for the anti-Scientology group, Anonymous, to fight against the church.
So while you may have thought that "Beware the Ides of March" was just a cool thing people said on March 15, it actually carries more weight than you probably realized. Interesting, huh?
Want more to love about March? Then why not throw an awesome St. Patrick's Day bash, or join in on March Madness!
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