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Beware of the "Ides Of March"
|Author||Topic: Beware of the "Ides Of March"|
posted 12-04-2001 12:03 PM ET (US)
Since we now include poetry in the general forum, I hope classical lit. is OK too. With all the good weather us midwest and north east people are enjoying should we take the following advice from Spurinna. Spurinna told Julius Caesar "Beware of the Ides of March". We all know what happened to Ceasar when he ingnored the warning. This weather ain't gonna last. Regards, Jay
posted 12-05-2001 05:52 PM ET (US)
I willingly accept weather like this in December. But, I met an older ( 80+)gentleman at the boat ramp last week. And like you say, he said we are gonna pay for this nice weather.
posted 12-06-2001 12:01 AM ET (US)
Today, December 5th, the temperature in Detroit was in the 60's. This is very unusual. Six months ago, on June 5th, we would be happy to have this weather.
I think another mild winter is going to mean another year of below-average water levels in the Great Lakes. If the lakes do not freeze over in the winter they lose water to evaporation. And if there is no snow melt in the spring they don't get the water back.
posted 12-06-2001 12:07 AM ET (US)
Now, as for classical literature, it should be noted that in the PELICAN Shakespeare edition, in JULIUS CAESAR, Act I, Scene II, line 18, the SOOTHSAYER warns Caesar:
"Beware the Ides of March."
A footnote explains:
"Ides, the half-way point in a month, the fifteenth day of March, May, July, and October."
|Tom W Clark||
posted 12-06-2001 12:09 AM ET (US)
Beware the Ides of April!
posted 12-06-2001 12:16 AM ET (US)
In the Roman calendar the Ides of April would have been on the 13th.
posted 12-06-2001 10:49 AM ET (US)
The Soothsayer is identified as Spurinna in Plutarchs' account written in 75 a.d.. Regards, Jay
posted 12-06-2001 10:54 AM ET (US)
Also, Julius Ceasar was killed on the 15th of March. I know that there is no relationship with the weather, however it seems to fit with a warning of bad weather through March. Regards, Jay
posted 12-06-2001 12:28 PM ET (US)
Sorry Jim, I posted my info from the same site you linked to. Regards, Jay
posted 12-07-2001 02:43 PM ET (US)
It is the 15th. We used to wear black armbands on March 15 to acknowlege his death in our latin class. Et Tu Brutus?
posted 12-07-2001 03:46 PM ET (US)
WantaWhale, back in military school they made us where a white glove on our left hand, but it didn't have anything to do with Ceasars death!! I aint gonna say why. Jay
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