“Beware the Ides of March!”
March 15 is the Ides of March! Most people think of Julius Caesar who was famously warned by a soothsayer “Beware the ides of March!”. And we all know how that turned out! But before Caesar so unfortunately helped make it famous, March 15-the Ides of March- was just another day on the calendar! It all actually started much earlier in Roman history, long before Caesar. Romulus (the supposed founder of Rome) is also said to have invented the Roman calendar. The Ides of March was just another way of saying March 15 (no hint of foreboding was linked to it at the time).
The calendar went something like this- Ides of March http://www.infoplease.com/spot/ides1.html#ixzz3UNnMrzj1:
The Roman calendar organized its months around three days, each of which served as a reference point for counting the other days:
Kalends (1st day of the month)
Nones (the 7th day in March, May, July, and October; the 5th in the other months)
Ides (the 15th day in March, May, July, and October; the 13th in the other months)
The remaining, unnamed days of the month were identified by counting backwards from the Kalends, Nones, or the Ides. For example, March 3 would be V Nones—5 days before the Nones (the Roman method of counting days was inclusive; in other words, the Nones would be counted as one of the 5 days).
Days in March
March 1: Kalends;
March 2: VI Nones;
March 3: V Nones;
March 4: IV Nones;
March 5: III Nones;
March 6: Pridie Nones (Latin for “on the day before”);
March 7: Nones;
March 15: Ides
Used in the first Roman calendar as well as in the Julian calendar (established by Julius Caesar in 45 B.C.E.) the confusing system of Kalends, Nones, and Ides continued to be used to varying degrees throughout the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance.
There were also some religious festivals also associated with this time, including the festival of Anna Perenna, sister to the tragic Carthaginian queen Dido. Dido was immortalized in Ovid’s masterpiece “Metamorphosis” as well as from Virgil’s Aeneid. Look them up when you have some time.
Anyhow, all anyone remembers is that when they hear its the Ides of March, someone will invariably say” Beware the Ides of March”…and now you know why!
For a few more facts, neat and weird see the link below.
The Smithsonian has a link where they listed 10 events of import that happened on March 15. While I agree most are calamitous (acts of war, major weather events), I’m not quite sure that the cancellation of the Ed Sullivan show on March 15 1971 should be listed among their ranks. It must have, at least to the person who made the list.
Now for our
Schedule This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, March 15 (Ides of March)
Mini History Lesson and This Week’s Schedule
Monday, March 16:
- Tricia Owens ‘Master of No One Book Spotlight and Contest
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Winter’s Wolf (Tales of the Harker Pack #3) by Tara Lain
- A MelanieM Review: Melting Into You by Cassandra Carr
- A Mika Review: This Other Country (More Heat Than the Sun #4) by John Wiltshire
Tuesday, March 17:
- Kay Ellis’ tour for Young at Heart (author interview and contest)
- In the Book Spotlight: Lisa Oliver – Fighting Fangs (excerpt and contest)
- A Stella Review: Here for You by Skylar M. Cates
- A Paul B Review: Broken Bridges by Cheyenne Meadows
Wednesday, March 18:
- Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone’s Strangers in the Night Excerpt Tour
- A Stella Review: Bratty Angel by Chris T. Kat
- A MelanieM Review: Midnight Run by Bailey Bradford
- A Stella Review: Moment of Truth (Moments in Time #2) by Karen Stivali
- A MelanieM Review: Kian’s Hunter by RJ Scott
Thursday, March 19:
- A BJ Review: Chyna Doll (Horizons 4) by Mickie B. Ashling
- A MelanieM Review: The Curse on the Mountain by Missouri Dalton
- A Stella Review: Loving the Astrophysicist (Astrophysicist #1 & 2) by T.N. Tarrant
- A Stella Review: The Belgian Chocolate Remedy by Julie Lynn Hayes
Friday, March 20:
- Cover Reveal Time for Shira Anthony’s ‘Blood and Ghosts’ (contest)
- Book Blast: Going to the Chapel: Don’t Ask by J.J. Massa
- Release Day for the Encore Anthology – All About the Music and Love (contest)
- Misfits by Garrett Leigh Book Spotlight and contest
- A Stella Review: Guns ‘N Boys: Homicidal Instinct by K.A. Merikan
Saturday, March 21:
- Time to Cowboy Up with Bailey Bradford’s Belt Buckles and Cowboy Boots!
- A MelanieM Review: Eoin’s Destiny (The Fire Trilogy #3) by R.J. Scott