Beware the Ides of March

Updated version. This post simply wasn’t complete without Violet, the Dowager Countess.

“Beware the Ides of March.” This phrase refers, of course, to the soothsayer’s warning to Roman Emperor Julius Caesar prior to his assassination in 44 B.C.  Incidentally, the word “ides” comes from a Latin word meaning “to divide,” as the day divides the month in half.

The Ides of March

While I’ve always thought of this date as a one-off in terms of warnings, lists ten reasons to beware this fateful date. Number one is the event just cited. Here’s the rest of the list:

A raid on Southern England, 1360; Samoan Cyclone, 1889; Czar Nicholas II Abdicates His Throne, 1917; Germany Occupies Czechoslovakia, 1939; A Deadly Blizzard on the Great Plains, 1941; World Record Rainfall, 1952; CBS Cancels The Ed Sullivan Show, 1971; Disappearing Ozone Layer, 1988; and A New Global Health Scare, 2003.

I’m not sure how the cancellation of The Ed Sullivan Show can be equated with the gravity of Germany occupying Czechoslovakia, but there you have their list. I can think of other things way more alarming associated with the Ides of March than Ed saying “very big shew” for the last time. As a classical music lover, two examples are the rock group Ides of March’s song “Vehicle” and worse, Iron Maiden’s song “Ides of March” on their Killers album.

So keep your eyes open today for raids and invasions, weather and health disasters, and the disappearance of your favorite television program.

Et tu, Julian Fellowes? Then fall, Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey

Photo credits:

Death of Caesar by Vincenzo Camuccini

Downton Abbey:


Author: Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle ( and print ( versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at and on Twitter @Tricialafille.

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