The Ides of March: A Warning to Political Dictatorship

By on Mar 15, 2011 in Europe, International, Opinion, Politics Comments

The Ides of March has several meaningful interpretations; it is a celebration of the god Mars, the day of the full moon,  Rome’s first day of  the new year, and most popularly known as the day when Julius Caesar was killed by his so called “friends, thousands of years ago. In Rome a toga run is done to celebrate the occasion. This is reported in several news sites, March 15, 2011.

The warning of the seer to Julius Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March,” was a significant one that did nothing to prevent Caesar’s assassination. This event which occurred eons ago as portrayed in a play by William Shakespeare, is still relevant today as uprisings and protests occur around the world against authoritarian rule or dictatorship.

What happened in the Roman senate then is happening right now in various countries – the enmity for dictatorship. “Beware of the Ides of March,” is now a catchword and a warning for politicians who hunger for power, fame and money.



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