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Ides of March



In triumphant days, when ambitions surpass;
cowering in the throng of democracy
before the Senate, Caesar pled, “Show mercy!”
Love doesn’t conquer, but vengeance will.

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According to the ancient Roman calendar, March 15 is the “Ides of March,” and was the day in 44 BC when Julius Caesar (100 BC-44 BC) was assassinated. “Ides” come from the Latin word meaning to divide, and in the old Roman calendar, referred to the day in the middle of the month (the 15th day of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day for the remaining months). The Romans used the “Nones” (ninth day before the Ides), “Ides” (middle of the month), and the “Kalends” (first day of the month) to calculate other dates.  

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Written on March 27, 2022

Submitted by Dennis_Spilchuk on March 31, 2022

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