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The leaders of Rome were not happy with Julius Caesar. He had become too powerful. Caesar had refused the title of king. But he had become ruler for life. He had even put his image on Roman coins. And this was an honor only for the gods.
The leaders made a plan. Kill Caesar. They invited him to a meeting. They had Caesar read a written request, asking him to return their power. When Caesar started reading the request, the group of leaders began to kill him with their knives. Even Brutus, Caesar’s friend, joined the group. As Caesar was dying, he said, “Even you Brutus?”
This happened on March 15, 44 BC. The day is called the Ides of March. The word “ides” refers to the 15th day of March, May, July, and October. And it also refers to the 13th day of all the other months. The Ides of March is associated with the death of Caesar. It is also associated with the idea of terrible events or suffering.
The “Ides of March” is also famous in Shakespeare. Shakespeare wrote a play about Julius Caesar. In one scene, Caesar meets a man who can see the future. The man tells Caesar, “Beware of the ides of March.” He was warning Caesar about a coming danger. In the story, Caesar calls the man a dreamer. And he ignores the warning. After this, Caesar is killed by his fellow leaders and friends.