Beware the Ides of March Quote Origin

Today we observe the “Ides of March” made famous by the death of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. and its portrayal in the Shakespearean play named after him. Yes, today’s quote is not from the Bible, but like other Shakespeare quotes it has been known to be confused with Biblical text.

“Beware the Ides of March” – Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2, William Shakespeare

The word “ides” comes from the ancient Roman calendar dating as far back as 753 B.C. The Romans had three reference points for each month known as the Kalends, the Nones and the Ides. The Kalends was the first day of the month, the Nones was either the fifth or seventh or day depending on the month, and the Ides was…

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