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Men at some time are masters of their fates:

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Brutus and Caesar: what should be in that ‘Caesar’?

Why should that name be sounded more than yours?

Write them together, yours is as fair a name;

Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well;

Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with ‘em,

Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Caesar.

Now, in the names of all the gods at once,

Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed,

That he is grown so great?


Cassius to Brutus

Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene II

It’s March 15, the Ides of March. The word “ides” comes from the earliest Roman calendar, said to have been created by Romulus, the mythical founder of Rome. The word “ides” is from the Latin “to divide.” The Ides were meant to mark the full moon, but since the solar calendar months and lunar months are of different lengths, the ides lost its original meaning. On this day in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was on his way to a Senate meeting in Rome. He met up with the soothsayer who had warned him days before to “Beware the Ides of March.” Caesar pointed out that the Ides had come, and the soothsayer replied, “Yes, but they have not yet gone.” Caesar breathed his last breath a short time later, stabbed to death by a group of conspirators after entering the Senate house.

Courtesy of The Writer’s Almanac.

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