March 15, 2013

Ides of March

   The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October in Roman calendar. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held.

   In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C. Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate by a group of conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. The group included 60 other co-conspirators according to Plutarch