Monday, March 9, 2015

Ides of March

Folklore About the Month of March

Idus Martii/ Idus Martiae or Ides of March in English, is a date on the Roman calendar which corresponds to March 15. It originally marked the middle of the month according to the Roman calendar.

Today, March is the third month in the Julian calendar. It was the first month of the old Roman year.  It many ways it was linked to celebrations of the New Year. 
Interesting Facts about this day:

  • In Shakespeare’s play Julius Cesar, a fortune teller gives him a sign or a warning saying “You Have to Be Aware the Ides of March.”
  • This date is associated with the time of Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC.
  •  Ides comes from Latin word idus meaning half division. In Roman calendar this refers to the exact date which was the mid of the month. The word ides was utilized for the fifteenth day of July, October as well as May.
  • On 2011 a film entitled The Ides of March was released. Starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, it takes place during final anxious days prior of  heavily contested presidential primary. 
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