March 15, 2017

Beware the Ides of March

The Ides of March appeared on the Roman calendar and would essentially be March 15th as we read our calendars today. While the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC on that date is what it is best known for, the Ides of March has other significant events that take place on that date.

While March is the third month of the year in our modern calendar, the Romans very much viewed it as the beginning of a New Year, which may also explain why a festival would be added to this particular date on their calendar. It was the assassination of Caesar, though, that has helped keep the Ides in the minds of people to this day.
It is not the only event occurring on that day, though, as there was also another ancient festival that took place around that time, with this particular one devoted to the god Mars.
We look at March 15th in a more positive light nowadays, most commonly because it means that spring is right around the corner. We also have our own festival of sorts around that time, as it is only a couple of days away from when we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, as well as also being around the time when the NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament gets underway. While there is obviously no connection between any of these events, it is still somewhat telling that so many different things take place in and around the Ides of March.