Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The Ides of March


"Beware the Ides of March" has forever burdened this date with a sense of dread and foreboding. But in Roman times the expression "Ides of March" was simply the standard way of saying "March 15th." The term "Ides" comes from early Roman calendars, and simply represents the 15th of every month. Therefore, the "Ides of March" simply means "March 15th," and nothing more. Beware the Ides of March? How about the Ides of April? Tax Day. That seems to be a more dreadful date than March 15th.

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