Beware the Ides of March


Rand St. Germaine

On this day, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was betrayed and murdered by the Senate of Rome, in the Theater of Pompey. Supposedly he was warned by a soothsayer who warned him “Beware the Ides of March”. The Ides of March refers to the 15th of March. The Ides of March had great significance to the Romans, being a day for solving debts. Julius Caesar was murdered because he was declared the “dictator perpetuo” or, “ruler for life”, of Rome. This made many senators afraid that he would overthrow the Senate, thus driving them to murder him. Unbeknownst to them, it would actually cause the Liberator’s Civil War and led to the Principate period of Roman history, which was an all-out monarchy.