Ides of March

Duration: 1st March – 31st March
Number of books: 6
Hosted by: My Vampire Book Obsession


The Romans did not number days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (1st of the following month). The Ides occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July, and October. The Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. On the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year.


In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, “The Ides of March are come”, implying that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone. Caesar’s death was a closing event in the crisis of the Roman Republic, and triggered the civil war that would result in the rise to sole power of his adopted heir Octavian (later known as Augustus)


March 1st – 31st 2018

Read 2 to 6 books to complete the challenge

1. Read a book tagged ‘historical’ or with time-travel. – A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
2. Read a book with a male main character or male author. – The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
3. Read a book set in Europe (or with a European character) or with a political theme. – Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
4. Read a book with a theatre show in the story or that begins with a letter in POMPEY. – Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
5. Read a book with an author or character whose name has TWO letters from JULIUS CAESAR.
6. Read a book with a knife or sword on the cover or with a war in the story.

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