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March 15, 2007 3:32 AM   Subscribe

Beware the Ides of March. Almost everyone knows that the phrase comes from the story of the assassination of Julius Caesar, most familiarly in the Shakespeare version, although "The Life of Augustus," written by Nicolauas of Damascus, contains what is thought to be the earliest narrative of the plot to murder Julius Caesar, based in part on eyewitness accounts. But, not everyone knows that The Ides Of March is also a band [flash intro] (best known for the song "Vehicle") [YouTube], an epistolatory novel by Thornton Wilder (with forward by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.), an instrumental song by Iron Maiden [YouTube], and two paintings, one by Edward Poynter and one by Andrew Wyeth.
posted by amyms (10 comments total)
To put fear in your heart - it's also the due date for Japanese tax forms to be submitted and all owing taxes paid.
posted by gomichild at 5:06 AM on March 15, 2007

It's also my grandmother's birthday. Definately less sinister than the other incidents mentioned.
posted by Chocomog at 6:11 AM on March 15, 2007

MY birthday, too.
posted by etaoin at 6:56 AM on March 15, 2007

Wow, the description of the assassination in that Nicolauas of Damascus link is incredibly vivid; the whole thing's a great read. I'm about halfway through Season 1 of HBO's Rome, but it won't surprise me if their version of Caesar's death works mainly from his.
posted by mediareport at 7:54 AM on March 15, 2007

The ides of March is the birthday of roughly 18 million people alive today!
posted by found missing at 12:02 PM on March 15, 2007

The ides of March is the birthday of roughly 18 million people alive today!

That's a LOT of candles...

*sings the Happy Birthday song 18 million times*
posted by amyms at 12:29 PM on March 15, 2007

Every year a contingent of anonymous Italians in my hometown run this memorial ad.

It always amuses me.
posted by aclevername at 2:45 PM on March 15, 2007

It's actually my birthday as well.

When I was ten my cake was shaped like Julius Caesar. His back was perforated by candles and red frosting.

In retrospect, that might be kind of morbid.
posted by sixacross at 3:24 PM on March 15, 2007

sixacross, that's genius. I'm stealing that for next Feb. 14 to commemorate the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
posted by watsondog at 6:54 PM on March 15, 2007

It's my birthday too. Except it's now a day ahead in Australia, so technically it was yesterday.
posted by web-goddess at 7:12 PM on March 15, 2007

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