Ides of March

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Brutus and Cassius and their fellow henchmen escaping after the murder of Julius Caesar

Each year the Latin classes at our school reenact the Ides of March twice by symbolically murdering Julius Caesar, played once in the morning by the dean of students and at lunch by the high school principal.

In today’s reenactment in the cafeteria, amidst the pizza and french fries and microwaved popcorn, our principal was stabbed to the cheers of a grateful student body. It’s amazing how cathartic such traditions are.

Julius Caesar’s real assassination actually marked the end of the Republic and the beginning of the Empire. The irony is that he was murdered because of his adversaries’ fear that Caesar would end the Roman Republic. His death was the precipitating factor which led to a civil war and the eventual victory of Octavian (later known as Augustus), Caesar’s heir, who just happened to found the Roman Empire, which ended the Roman Republic. So much for killing actually resolving issues and getting you what you want.

Beware the Ides of March. You may end up with just the thing you are trying to get rid of.

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