15 March – A ramble about the #IdesOfMarch

Posted March 15, 2019 10:50 am by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

15 March – A ramble about the #IdesOfMarch

We call today the Ides of March, made especially famous in the English speaking world by Shakespeare in his play Julius Caesar.
Caesar:
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear.
Soothsayer:
Beware the ides of March.
Caesar:
What man is that?
Brutus:
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
QUAERITUR: If someone were to ask you today “What are Ides?”, could you give an explanation?
Romans had three special days each month which were supposed to relate to the cycles of the moon. The first days of the month were the

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