Ides of March

Unlike our calendar today, the Ancient Romans used three fixed points in a month and counted back from these as a way of marking the days.  The Nones occurred at the beginning of the month, The Ides around the middle and The Kalends towards the end.

On the Ides of March in 44 BC Julius Caesar made his way to the Senate, passing the very seer who had warned him he would be killed by the Ides of March,

“The ides of March have come,” said Caesar to the seer. “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” was the reply.

Julius Caesar continued to the Senate where he was violently assassinated – stabbed 23 times by what is thought to be around 60 conspirators.

A coin showing two daggers and a cap and the words Eid Mar (Ides of March)

The coin issued by Caesar’s assassin Brutus in 42 BC, with the abbreviation EID MAR (Ides of March).

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