Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a suspicious person, you’ve probably heard a bit about the Ides of March. And I’m not talking about the 2011 political drama of the same name. I’m talking about the date in March that marks the anniversary of a pretty inauspicious event: the assassination of Julius Caesar. Legend has it that Caesar met his demise shortly after being warned by a psychic that harm would come his way by the Ides of March. Just so you won’t find yourself spending the better part of this month looking over your shoulder, let’s answer: When is the Ides of March? Here’s when you should supposedly “beware” of the day.
First of all, the Ides of March is the date on the calendar that corresponds with March 15th.
Second of all, it’s not that deep. The date will forever be linked to Caesar’s assassination and the forewarning phrase, “beware the Ides of March,” thanks to Shakespeare. But tbh, it’s not really as ominous of a day as it’s been made out to be. It’s literally just a term that means “the middle of the month.”
Back in the day, the ancient Romans arranged their calendars using three markers: Kalends, Ides, and Nones. The ides falls in the middle of the month between the 13th and 15th, depending on how long said month is. Since the date on the calendar that corresponds with the ides is March 15th, that means that this Thursday will mark the occasion. But don’t freak out just yet.
I’m sure you won’t have to worry about any of your friends violently attacking you in the middle of a Senate meeting. And if you feel like you do have to worry about that, then you might want to find some new friends.