Sunday, March 15, 2015

Beware the Ides of March!

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Yes, today was the fated day Julius Caesar was warned about. He ignored the warning, which is why today is also the anniversary of his death.

However, the Ides of March was originally just a fancy sounding name for the middle of March. Yep, every month had an Ides. The Ides were determined by the full moon, which usually occurred on the 13th or 15th day of the month.

After Caesar's death, the Ides of March became a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.

Lesson learned: if a famous soothsayer tells you to beware the Ides of March, it might be a good idea to listen.

I just felt like sharing some interesting tidbits with y’all. If you're interested, check out these posts for more information: InquisitrAbout Education, and when all else fails: WikipediaHave a wonderful Ides of March!

On a totally random side note, today is also Hungary’s National Day, in memory of their 1848-49 Revolution and War of Independence. Google makes Google Doodles every year to celebrate this in Hungary, which you can see here.

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