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Beware The Ides Of March

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Beware The Ides Of March refers to history memes and discussions about the 15th of March, notably marking the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The date is also known for having religious significance and was important in Rome for being a deadline for settling debts. The catchphrase was first coined in Shakespearre's play Julius Caeser, where the ruler was warned by a soothsayer, "Beware the ides of March," a phrase that has come to be used in various memes.


The Romans followed a calendar system in accordance with lunar cycles, and "Ides" was a word used for the 13th of most months or the 15th of March, May, July, and October. The ides of March used to align with the first full moon of the new year, and correlated with a number of religious and superstitious omens. Most notably, Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated on the Ides Of March in 44 BC.[1]

William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar contains a scene where Caesar is warned about Brutus's betrayal by a soothsayer who says, "Beware the ides of March."[2] In a later scene, Caesar passes by the soothsayer on his way to the amphitheater and says, "The ides of March are come," to which the soothsayer responds, "Ay, Caesar; but not gone."[3]

An early use of the phrase "Beware the ides of March" in a meme can be traced to a January 17th, 2012 post to DeviantArt[5] by user @DogHollywood, where it gathered over 4,700 views in over ten years (seen below). Another early use of the meme trope was in a March 15th, 2015 post by Facebook[4] page Not an Exact Science Show, where it gathered over 500 likes in over seven years (seen below).

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH Or as we Jedi know it: ORDER 66 BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH Nitride Sulfide Hydride Oxide Fluoride The Assassination of Julius Caesium


On March 15th, 2015, Tumblr user eleftheriatic posted a tweet commemorating Annoy Squidward day, and received a number of responses chiming in with how they think March 15th is a bad day in fiction. The thread ends with Tumblr user kamen-apple-kinkshaming posting a reply that reads, "It’s the fucking Ides of March people. Todays the day Julius Caesar was stabbed like 23 times." The post gathered over 600,000 notes in over seven years (seen below).[6]

eleftheriatic Follow PARCELE ubercream Follow hurgler 15 wow this is just a bad date in fiction 16 22 TODAY IT'S A GREAT DAY BECAUSE IT'S MARCH 15th THE DAY WHEN DENZEL CROCKER LOST HIS HAPPINESS AND IT'S ALSO ANNOY SQUIDWARD DAY 677,865 notes It's also the day Marty McFly's dad is murdered in the bad timeline 17 27 Ⓡ OLOYEE E kamen-apple-kinkshaming It's the fucking Ides of March people. Todays the day Julius Caesar was stabbed like 23 times 23 2

On March 13th, 2016, Redditor swagfleekneat posted an image to /r/mildlyinteresting, showing a bottle of caeser dressing that expires on March 15th, gathering over 5,000 upvotes in nearly eight years (seen below, left).

5867 Best when purchased by dane on label See This Caesar Dressing Expires On the Ides of March ( submitted 7 years ago by swagfleekneat 180 comments share save hide give award report crosspost hide all child comments back from Ken. Best when purchased by date on label. 01 15MAR16M2 21:0346 See nut

Various Examples

Brutus addressing an angry mob in the aftermath of the Ides of March (Rome - 44 BCE, colorized) Crowd booing] Your boos mean nothing! I've seen what makes you cheer! People are losing the spirit of the Ides of March. It's not about just stabbing. It's about coming together to stab in groups." your ecards NoSweatShakespeare @easyshakespeare Nobody has respect for soothsayers anymore... Beware the Ides of March OR draw 25 Caesar BEWARE THE EYES OF MARCH! WOOOOOOO! IT'S "IDES," YOU GEEKS. SHEESH. GET A CLUE. "BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH." 1 3-15 AMEND CHECK ONLINE. MAYBE THERE'S AN EYES OF APRIL. 1 (OOF) HOW'D YOU GET YOURS OFF? ( BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH no Too Panutan Not to mention the Slürbsnipts, the Gremfloes, and the Kløvia of March. It's a dangerous month. hothistorymemes You're finally awake! You hit your head pretty hard. Brutus? Ides of March? What are you talking about? Come on, let's cross the Rubicon!

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External References

[1] Dictionary – Ides of March

[2] Online Literature – Julius Caeser

[3] Online Literature – Julius Caeser

[4]  Facebook – Not an Exact Science Show

[5] DeviantArt – Order 66: The Ides of March

[6] Tumblr – official-kendra

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