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3.15.2006

Beware the Ides of March

The term Ides comes from the earliest Roman calendar, which organized its months around three days, each a reference point for counting the other days:

Kalends (1st day of the month)
Nones (the 7th day in March, May, July, and October; the 5th in the other months)
Ides (the 15th day in March, May, July, and October; the 13th in the other months)

The rest of the unnamed days of the month were identified by counting backwards from the Kalends, Nones, or the Ides.

So days in March would be: March 1: Kalends; March 2: VI Nones; March 3: V Nones; March 4: IV Nones; March 5: III Nones; March 6: Pridie Nones (Latin for "on the day before"); March 7: Nones; March 15: Ides.

Also: the Ides of March is the day, famously Shakespearian, when Julius Caesar was assassinated and we have centuries of feeling that, somehow, this day portends something wicked this way coming ...

Here's hoping we get through unscathed. Put on some more perfume.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for explaining how the words were originally used and for what; I was just wondering about it all this morning and was going to look it up!

xoxo
thalia

ps: oultsdyx. need I say more?

10:35 AM

 
Blogger mireille said...

G! so good to see you! And you need never say more! xoxo

10:42 AM

 
Blogger Urban Chick said...

now, see, for a while - whilst i was mastering the art of handling a PC, i thought IDEs were irretrievable disk errors

:)

2:19 PM

 
Blogger Atreau said...

Facinating!

6:30 PM

 
Blogger actonbell said...

I made it! Great idea for a post!!

3:18 AM

 
Blogger cjblue said...

So, then what happened after the ides? Do they count backwards from Kalends the rest of the month? Inquiring minds...

8:06 AM

 

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