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WARNING: Today Is the Ides Of March

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Many people consider today very unlucky. It certainly was for Julius Caesar whose life ended rather abruptly in 44 B.C.

A seer had predicted great harm would come to Caesar before the end of the Ides of March.  On his way to the Pompeii Theatre, Caesar again ran into the seer.

“Well, the Ides have come,” laughed the Emperor.

“Aye, Caesar,” the seer said. “but not gone.”

Within minutes, about 2-dozen Roman Senators pulled daggers from their togas and stabbed Caesar to death.

The incident was not the origination of the term “stabbed in the back” (popularized in World War I) nor the first toga party.