Beware the Ides of March


15 March – Ides of March – or the middle of March. The word Ides comes from the Latin word “Idus” meaning “half division.” It is a would that was used widely in the Roman calendar for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July and October and the 13th day of the other months.

But unless you are Julius Cesar reincarnated, you have nothing to worry about. The term “Beware the Ides of March” came about through Shakespeare’s play, Julius Cesar and is in reference to the fact that Julius was advised that an assination plot was made against him and was to be taken out before the Ides of March. In the play Julius states to his enemies that the “Ides of March have appeared”. In response it is said “Aye, but not yet over.”

Those who are a fan of Roman history would know that Julius Cesar was in fact assinated by a group of men numbering around 60 and was stabbed 23 times.

But alas, I have been sidetracked. Getting back to my original point, you have nothing to worry about. The Ides of March was in fact a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and signified the beginning of the military campaigning and farming season.

To make my point even further, today, the whole of Facebook was to be shut down according to all the hype and rumours. And has it? To the rumour mills “The Ides of March has appeared”……

Carry on. Life as we know it continues. I guess the question is for how long though. Will we see a 2013 or will the world stop as per many predictions in 2012?

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