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OnDaFence 31M/39M
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3/14/2019 8:36 pm

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Ides of March



The Roman calendar, which dates back to 753 BC, had three fixed points throughout the month: Nones, Ides, and Kalends. Ides took place around the midpoint of each month, occurring on the th or th. In March it took place on the th.



The Ides of March is most remembered as being the anniversary of the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated, in 44 BC. The day did, however, have some significance before this infamous event. It had long been a day of religious observances. The Ides of each month was sacred to Jupiter, Rome's supreme deity. Flamen Dialis, Jupiter's priest, would traditionally lead an "Ides sheep" along the streets of Rome before it was sacrificed. The first part of March consisted of new year's celebrations, as March was the first month of the Roman calendar. The Feast of Anna Perenna, a goddess of the year, was a festival held on the Ides that closed down the new year's celebrations. Celebrants gathered outside of Rome, along the banks of the Tiber River, for food, drink, music, and sacrifices to Anna Perenna for a prosperous new year. The Ides of March was also used by Romans as a deadline for settling debts.



Today the Ides of March is most associated with the death of Julius Caesar. In 60 BC, Caesar began working for the office of consul. This was the most powerful position that could be held in the Roman Republic, and it was shared by two politicians on an annual basis. Consuls commanded the army, presided over the Senate, and represented the state in foreign affairs. Caesar formed an alliance called the First Triumvirate with Crassus and Pompey, and was elected to consul in 59 BC. He was opposed by many in the Senate but liked by many Romans because of his land reforms. He was given four Roman legions in 58 BC and used them to expand Rome's reach. He conquered Gaul and made Rome's first forays into Britain.



Caesar's alliance with Pompey eventually collapsed. He also was told by the Senate to give up his army but refused to. He crossed the Rubicon into Italy in January 49 BC, declaring war on Pompey, and launching a civil war. Caesar eventually prevailed and was appointed Roman consul and dictator. After traveling the Empire, he returned to Rome in 45 BC, and was named "dictator for life." He launched reforms, created the Julian calendar, and planned more expansions for the Empire.



It is believed that a seer had warned Caesar that harm would come to him on the Ides of March. In William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, the seer has ascribed the phrase "Beware the Ides of March."



Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate at the Theater of Pompey. There were possibly 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius. The conspirators thought the assassination would help restore the Republic, but instead it became a pivotal point in the transition from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. It marked the end of the long Crisis of the Republic and ushered in another civil war. This eventually led to the rise of Octavian, Caesar's grand-nephew, who later became known as Augustus



OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/14/2019 8:38 pm

Have yourself a Caesar salad in Julius Caesar's honor.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/14/2019 8:38 pm

Celebrate the day by reading a book about Caesar, or by reading Shakespeare's play.


Hungr4Yungr 70M
3825 posts
3/14/2019 8:43 pm

The Ides of March is the day before I was born. I might be old, but I never knew Julius Caesar personally. Thanks for the history lesson.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/14/2019 8:44 pm

Watch the classic " Julius Caesar " a 1953 epic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film adaptation of the play by Shakespeare, The film stars Marlon Brando as Mark Antony, James Mason as Brutus, John Gielgud as Cassius, Louis Calhern as Julius Caesar, Edmond O'Brien as Casca, Greer Garson as Calpurnia, and Deborah Kerr as Portia.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/14/2019 8:46 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    The Ides of March is the day before I was born. I might be old, but I never knew Julius Caesar personally. Thanks for the history lesson.
A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/14/2019 8:50 pm

There's also been a julius caesar movie in 2002 and a 1970 rendition featuring Stuart Burge, Charlton Heston, Jason Robards, and John Gielgud which are excellent, as well.


Hungr4Yungr 70M
3825 posts
3/14/2019 8:54 pm

    Quoting OnDaFence:
    A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!
Thank you, Bret. It's the unGodly 70th on Saturday.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/14/2019 9:18 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    Thank you, Bret. It's the unGodly 70th on Saturday.
You might take time to post this in youtube and watch the 2002 movie for free on J C

https://youtu.be/-APF0-L14kw


biakrodude69 49M
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3/15/2019 9:33 am

I think I'd prefer to be born on the day before the ides. "Pi Day". Then, I could have a birthday pie instead of a birthday cake. mmmmmmmmmmmm Piiiiiiiiiie.


Julie_Tgirl 69T
2111 posts
3/15/2019 11:13 am

    Quoting OnDaFence:
    Have yourself a Caesar salad in Julius Caesar's honor.
I don't need to have a Caesar salad to honor someone . I just like them! When Husband takes me out to dinner we usually have a Caesar Salad to go with our meal.


SalvoAvonBuxton 25M
72 posts
3/15/2019 1:28 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    Thank you, Bret. It's the unGodly 70th on Saturday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUNGR4YUNGR !!!


Hungr4Yungr 70M
3825 posts
3/15/2019 5:58 pm

Thank you so much Salvo; i do appreciate your best wishes. I took the time to look up Avon, NC, and there I found the villages of Salvo and Buxton as well, all on the Outer banks. It is a very interesting area. You say the temp was 107F there today? Wow, that sure beats out high today of 37F. Enjoy the heat.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/15/2019 8:23 pm

    Quoting biakrodude69:
    I think I'd prefer to be born on the day before the ides. "Pi Day". Then, I could have a birthday pie instead of a birthday cake. mmmmmmmmmmmm Piiiiiiiiiie.

I am wagering he might have had a birthday Pi........


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/15/2019 8:24 pm

    Quoting Julie_Tgirl:
    I don't need to have a Caesar salad to honor someone . I just like them! When Husband takes me out to dinner we usually have a Caesar Salad to go with our meal.
It has to be good to have been served 2000 years!


OnDaFence 31M/39M
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3/15/2019 8:25 pm


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/15/2019 8:26 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    Thank you so much Salvo; i do appreciate your best wishes. I took the time to look up Avon, NC, and there I found the villages of Salvo and Buxton as well, all on the Outer banks. It is a very interesting area. You say the temp was 107F there today? Wow, that sure beats out high today of 37F. Enjoy the heat.
It's certainly nice to be getting a grope of bloggers back in here.


Hungr4Yungr 70M
3825 posts
3/15/2019 9:19 pm

    Quoting OnDaFence:
    It's certainly nice to be getting a grope of bloggers back in here.
You are so right; I am encouraged by the whole gang. I hope that more are encouraged to comment and/or create their own blogs.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
27323 posts
3/16/2019 4:59 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    You are so right; I am encouraged by the whole gang. I hope that more are encouraged to comment and/or create their own blogs.
I am hopeful that others will try blogging even if it is just to pop in and say HI!