Article by Hali Coombs
Beware the Ides of March!
BEWARE! Today is a day that people consider just as unlucky as Friday the 13th—Where soothsayers talk of betrayal and death, where people dream about the empire bathing in their loversblood, and leaders will get stabbed—23 times actually.
Yes! Today is the Ides of March, the famous date popularized by William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. While literature teachers might be making jokes and references today, we’ll be going through some ways that you and your Roman senator friends can celebrate the demise of one of Rome’s most famous leaders: [Dramatically read] Julius Caesar.
There’s no better way to celebrate a death, other than to read an overly dramatic version of it, so grab some friends and put on a reenactment of Caesar’s final days and the war that happened afterwards. If you don’t feel like suffering through Early Modern English, you could always use SparkNotes for the more modern version!
Learn about The Roman Empire
The Roman Empire was once the largest empire in the world! Its reign was one of the longest too! In that century of being at the top of the world, something must of happened! Learn about the rise and fall of the world’s greatest empire and impress your friends with your knowledge of Roman achievements with these fun ways to pay tribute.
Drink fruit punch in honor of Julius Caesar
Give a toast to a legendary leader. Even if he was a little egotistical, he was the most powerful man in the Roman Republic before he got… stabbed. One of Julius Caesar’s biggest achievements was the conquest of Gaul, and historians believe he was one of the greatest military commanders in history! He’s up with the big guys like Napoleon and Alexander The Great! That’s worth a toast!
Eat a Caesar Salad
While the Caesar Salad was sadly not named after Julius Caesar, it’s still a good way to celebrate the Ides of March without being too extra about it. You could also put Caesar dressing on top of it! And for good measure… stab it 23 times! The salad may not be named after him, but it could be a good metaphor for Julius Caesar.
How are you going to celebrate the Ides of March? Whether it’s from our list, or an idea completely of your own, there’s no right or wrong day to celebrate Caesar’s death! Just… possibly avoid people named Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus, and Marcus Junius Brutus until tomorrow.