Two days from now… Beware the ides of March.
This phrase conjures images of danger, destruction, and death. It is a dire warning that bad things are coming your way.
Where did this dark association with the 15th of March originate?
As with many phrases we use today, we can trace their origins to William Shakespeare. While historically, we know Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15, 44 BCE, it was Shakespeare who immortalized that phrase in his play Julius Caesar in Act 1, Scene 2.
But, poor, poor maligned March 15th. There isn’t anything inherently worrisome, sinister, or foreboding about this date. In fact, every “month has an “ides”. It’s simply the 15th of the month.
To read the rest of my article and the related treachery-themed excerpt from THE COMANCHERO’S BRIDE, click HERE.
Until next time,