The Ides of March is almost upon us, and I don’t even know what that means. My friend and I kicked that phrase around the other day and I decided I should do some research.
According to Wikipedia: ” The ides of March (Latin: Idus Martias) is the name of March 15 in the Roman calendar…The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated in…44 B.C. In William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, Caesar is warned to “beware the Ides of March.”
This Roman marble carving of Caesar, which currently resides in the Vatican Museums is a wonderful portrait of a strong ruler, who it is surprising to note, actually ruled Rome for only 5 years. A good reproduction of this very piece can be purchased from companies such as Statue.com.
In 2008, an exciting discovery of a portrait believed to be Julius Caesar, and sculpted in 46 B.C., was dragged up from the Rhone River in France. This is an aging Caesar, heavier in the face, but with the unmistakable features of the younger man.
I should explore this portrait further. There is a crudeness to it that makes me question its authenticity.
Beware the Ides of March!!!