The Ides of March

Part I – Days of the month were not numbered by the Romans, to keep track they relied on three fixed points of the month: initially the Nones (the beginning), then the Ides (the middle) and concluding with the Kalends (the end). Counting back from these fixed points would determine the day of the month. The Ides of March happened to be the 74th day in the Julian calendar, corresponding to March 15th. In year 44 BC, it became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar, a turning point in Roman history.

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