Beware the Ides of March

It’s that time of year again, one that all Classicists (even us amateur ones) love: the Ides of March. The Ides of March were one of twelve such ides that were part of the Roman calendar. The Ides of March are the most significant due to their association with the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE.

I highly recommend this video on the event by Historia Civilis:

The death of Julius Caesar didn’t just end the Roman Republic, which was practically on its last leg anyway, but unfolded many events that affect us even today.

So, if your name happens to start with Julius and ends in Caesar,1 beware the Ides.

P.S. as to why Julius Caesar, in the height of his power, was assassinated by many of his friends and associates, check out this video by Historia Civilis.

1 Edit: there are technically two Julius Caesars in Roman history: The original Gaius Julius Caesar that we all know, and his great-nephew, Octavian. When Octavian (originally Gaius Octavius) was adopted by his great-uncle, he adopted also adopted the name Gaius Julius Caesar which wasn’t too unusual at the time. Even though we call him “Octavian” or “Augustus Caesar”, etc, to people living at the time he was the second Julius Caesar. For clarity, Octavian died in old age.

Published by Doug

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