The Ides of March is the first day of the Roman New Year. It also marks the first day of spring in the Roman calendar. The soothsayer's warning to Julius Caesar, "Beware the Ides of March," has forever imbued that date with a sense of foreboding. But in Roman times the expression "Ides of March" did not necessarily evoke a dark mood--it was simply the standard way of saying "March 15."
Apparently, Caesar did not heed the warning strongly enough as he was stabbed by Marcus Brutus on the Ides of March...so beware "The Ides Of March."
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