Monday, March 15, 2010

Beware the Ides of March!

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It is March 15 - the Ides of March!

Today we mix history and literature to learn a famous expression in English.

In Act III, Scene 1 of Julius Caesar, Shakespeare writes his version of the assassination of the famous Roman in the Senate circa 44BC.

Immemorial in English literature is the last dramatic phrase from Caesar to Brutus, his closest friend and rival - "Et tu, Brute?" (And you, Brutus?).

Brutus answers with a final thrust into his erstwhile friend.

Thus, the phrase "Beware the Ides of March" entered the English language.

Do you know two other expressions in the English associated with the earlier history of Caesar and Rome?

Stay tuned till tomorrow for the answer!
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