“Beware the Ides of March.” This is the warning given to Julius Caesar by a soothsayer some days before a meeting of the Roman Senate was to take place. On that fateful date, March 15, Caesar encountered the seer on his way to the theater where the meeting was to be held.
“The ides have come,” Caesar chided the fortune teller, indicating that no traumatic event had affected his life since the man’s caution.
“Ay,” said the soothsayer, “but they have not gone.”
Later that day, Brutus, Cassius, and 60 co-conspirators stabbed Caesar to death...