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March 15, 2008

Happy Ides of March!!

How to Celebrate the Ides of March

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The Ides of March (March 15) isn’t a holiday but it is an occasion remarked upon enough times that it might inspire you to throw a spontaneous party or to mark it in some way that helps to inform you a little more about Roman history. This article is a step back in time to help you celebrate an event in human history.

Steps

  1. Know what the Ides of March is. This is the date when Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44BC. It also marks the first day of the Roman new year and the first day of spring in the Roman calendar. [1] For more details on the history, visit Wikipedia’s Ides of March encyclopaedic account.
  2. Read William Shakespeare’s classic Julius Caesar. Reread it if you’ve already read it. Think about what lessons can be learned from this play.
  3. Read Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series – books based on this era. They are The First Man in Rome, The Grass Crown, Fortune’s Favourites, Caesar’s Women, Caesar, The October Horse and Antony and Cleopatra.
  4. Learn how to spell assassin. Assassin is a word with fascinating origins. First used in the 1520’s [2], the word is believed to be derived from a secret society called the Hashshashin, a group that was said to have murdered others.[3]
  5. Hold a toga party. Romans wore a variety of clothing but the toga is perhaps the best known.[4][5]
  6. Eat food that the Romans might have eaten – basic food that was well salted and filled with aromatic herbs.[6] Bake a Roman cake. Serve with some apples, figs and grapes.
  7. Have some wine. The Romans enjoyed their wine, so this is a good excuse for a glass or two on the Ides of March.[7]
  8. Book a trip to Rome. If you’ve been thinking about visiting Rome and Italy, maybe the Ides of March is a perfect day to make that booking.

Tips

  • There is a range of music inspired by the Ides of March. Download a selection to play at your Ides of March event.

Warnings

  • Beware the Ides of March… If you think your political enemies may be out to stab you in the back, take a lesson from Shakespeare and take care.

Things You’ll Need

  • Sense of history
  • Toga or other form of Roman clothing
  • Food and drink
  • Shakespeare’s plays
  • Novels about this era
  • Wine

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Sources and Citations

  1. http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/ides.htm
  2. http://www.merriam-webster.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=assassin
  3. Wikipedia, Assassination
  4. For other types of clothing, see Roman Clothing
  5. Wikipedia, Toga
  6. For further food inspiration, see The Dimension, Roman Food & Drink
  7. University of Pennsylvania, Roman Wine: Windows on a Lifestyle

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2008 3:49 PM

    so u a pagan now LOL

  2. March 16, 2008 1:11 PM

    lol

  3. March 16, 2008 3:13 PM

    is this what happens when u have nothing to write about? see this yeye girlPS: i put up some of the fashion show pics on my blog

  4. March 17, 2008 6:11 AM

    Bwahahahaha…lol..How you doing babes?very useful links you put up there i must say…

  5. March 17, 2008 7:20 AM

    Cant wait for march to end as i needs my paycheck…at the same time not really looking forward to april as I am a year older….

  6. March 17, 2008 6:31 PM

    yes o, these ides of march…good ole julius ceasar…i’ll never forget the significance of march 15th…

  7. March 17, 2008 8:24 PM

    you’ve really gone to town with the research

  8. March 18, 2008 10:01 AM

    It’s past the ides of March now so i dont have to celebrate it abi?

  9. March 20, 2008 6:46 PM

    Hi Nerd, so how did it go? Ides, I mean? You did not have any bad experiences, I hope?

  10. March 21, 2008 5:00 PM

    yoo hoooo, anybody there?……

  11. March 21, 2008 9:02 PM

    It’s almost April…hmmm…but I actually don’t mind a Roman Toga inspired party…maybe somn like everyone comes in old Roman attire and we sit down and watch a Julius Ceasar movie or somn…And take good pictures….lollll…may not be bad arallllll!!!! 🙂

  12. March 24, 2008 2:06 PM

    lolhappy easter chica

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