Ides of March – Rome

Shakespeare in his play, Julius Caesar, made the Ides of March famous. On the Ides of March 44BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated.

The ides occur in every month of the Roman calendar, usually on the 13th, but sometimes as in March on the 15th. This was a date, determined by the occurrence of the full moon, and associated with particular religious observances.

On a recent trip to Rome we visited the Largo di Torre Argentina. This square-shaped piazza is made up of the ruins of four Roman temples and part of Pompey’s theatre. It was in a section of the theatre that the assassination of Julius Caesar took place. An information board at the side of the archaeological ruins has a map showing where the murder took place.

Largo Argentina Rome


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