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What are the Ides of March and why should we be wary of them?

What are the Ides of March and why should we be wary of them?
BY SHARON HARRIS-ZLOTNICK
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“Beware the Ides of March” says a soothsayer to potential Roman ruler Julius Caesar in the second scene of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. An arrogant Caesar ignores the warning, which proved to be a fatal mistake. On March 15, 44 B.C. Caesar’s friend Marcus Brutus and 60 other co-conspirators assassinated Caesar in the Roman Senate.

While the literary reference has fascinated scholars and readers for centuries, and will forever be attributed to Caesar’s death, the Ides of March is today considered the spring equinox. In Caesars time, they used a lunar calendar, which considered the ides of any month as the first day of the full moon.

According to Wikipedia.org, the term “ides” was used for the 15th day of March, May, July, and October. It referenced the 13th day of the remaining months. The Ides of March celebrated the god Mars with a military parade.

Jennifer Vernon of National Geographic News has written that everything changed in Rome after Caesar’s assassination. Despite repeatedly rejecting the kingship, in February 44 B.C. Caesar eagerly agreed to become "dictator for life" over Rome.

 

Cappie Pondexter’s Twitter comments can be a lesson on tweeting

Cappie Pondexter’s Twitter comments can be a lesson on tweeting
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT’S FUNNY

Remember the days when, after some natural disaster, tasteless jokes would emerge slyly amid work colleagues? Your office mate would close the door a...

Pi Day celebrated

Pi Day celebrated
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT’S FUNNY

Yes, today is Pi Day. Remember Pi? You learned about it in math class, used it all the time in school, and promptly forgot all about it after you grad...

Gas prices in N.J. bring back memories

Gas prices in N.J. bring back memories
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Do you remember a time many years ago when people could drive anywhere they wanted and could fill up their gas tanks at will? We would drive our sixty-foot SUVs on our ...

Avoid wedding day scams with tips from N.J. Consumer Affairs

Avoid wedding day scams with tips from N.J. Consumer Affairs

How to prevent a dream wedding from becoming a nightmare

Planning a wedding can be fun and exciting, but it can also be a monumental task. Hiring a photographer, booking a reception hall, arranging for...

Ash Wednesday: Hear God's voice over the sound of your snacking

Ash Wednesday: Hear God's voice over the sound of your snacking
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT’S FUNNY

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent for the Catholic Church – the season of penance. It is one of the two days of the year in whi...

Return of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

Return of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

A Memoir

BY JOHN ESPOSITO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Arrival

Friday, June 28, 2002

3:15 p.m.

The satisfying, cool June air is immediately evident upon exiting the revolving doors of 55 Water Street, the one-time...

NKBA survey reveals 2011 trends in kitchen and bath design

NKBA survey reveals 2011 trends in kitchen and bath design
BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

More than 100 designers who are members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), and have designed kitchens or bathrooms during the last three months...

Danny’s crush: A tale of puppy love

Danny’s crush: A tale of puppy love
BY SALLY FRIEDMAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
LIFESOUNDS

We took bets as to whether he’d be waiting at the door for her. And the “yes” votes won hands-down.

There was little Danny, our adored and adorable grand...

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