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Friday, March 15, 2013

Happy Ides of March

Quote Courtesy: Goodreads.com

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves. 

March 15, 44 B.C.: Beware of any friends named Brutus! Julius Caesar laughed off a soothsayer's warning and was assassinated by his frenemy 2056 years ago today.

Description of Ides of March Courtesy of About Classical Rome

Definition: The Ides of March was a date on the Roman calendar (Idus Martias) corresponding with our date of March 15. It was a fateful date.

Roman Events on the Ides of March

~ Anna Perenna Festival

In ancient Rome, a festival for Anna Perenna was held on the Ides of March. Ovid, a poet and contemporary of Rome's first emperor, Augustus, wrote a collection of Greek myths in Latin called theMetamorphoses. In this monumental piece of Latin literature, Ovid explains that Anna Perenna was the sister of the tragic, love-sick, suiciding Carthaginian queen Dido, familiar to Romans from the Aeneid, which was written by another Augustan Age poet,Vergil (Virgil).
"On the Ides of March the plebs celebrated the Annae festum geniale Perennae (corresponding to the chief day of the Hindu Holi) near the banks of the Tiber (Ovid, Fasti iii. 523-42, 675-96). Rome was, therefore, empty of the lower classes. Is this why the nobles chose the day for the assassination of Julius Caesar?"
"The Ides of March"
C. M. Mulvany
The Classical Review, Vol. 19, No. 6 (Jul., 1905), p. 305
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