Beware the Ides of March!

According to Plutarch, a soothsayer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March, the festivities for the new Roman year which started on March 15. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, “The ides of March have come,” meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Continue reading