Today in History–Beware the Ides of March

March 15, 44 BC–Julius Caesar is assassinated by a group of about Roman senators, led by Brutus and Cassius. As you may remember from high school literature class, in Shakespeare’s play, Caesar is warned by a soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.”

The Romans kept track of days on their calendar by dividing each month up into three separate points marking the beginning, middle and end of the month. You may have guessed it, but the Ides fall in the middle of the month, on the 15th of March, May, July and October and the 13th for the rest of the year.

Vincenzo Camuccini