Are you superstitious? I’m not, but I never step on a sidewalk crack
or open an umbrella inside
Just to be on the safe side, mind you.
And I get a queasy feeling if a black cat passes in front of my car.
The Ides of March (March 15) was just a date on the Roman calendar (Idus Martias) corresponding with our date of March 15.
But it became a fateful date, one forever to be associated with bad luck, when Caesar was assassinated on that date in 44 BC, at the foot of a statue of Pompey where the Roman Senate was meeting, by a group of about 60 conspirators who called themselves "the liberators." One of the leaders was Marcus Brutus.
Before Caesar went to the theater of Pompey to attend the Senate meeting, he had been given advice not to go, but he didn't listen.
|The Death of Caesar (1798) by Vincenzo Camuccini|
image credit: Wikipedia
William Shakespeare brought us the line "Beware the Ides of March!" in his play, Julius Caesar: Here is the relevant passage:
Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry "Caesar!" Speak, Caesar is turn'd to hear.
Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March.
Caesar: What man is that?
Brutus: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
Well, apparently Caesar wasn’t superstitious either, and look what happened to him.
Nope, I’m not superstitious. But I’m taking extra special care today, just in case.