Datebook: March 15 - The Ides of March

Mar 15, 2012

You know the saying, "Beware The Ides of March!" This is the 15th day in the Roman calendar. "Ides" is Latin for "half division" and typically marks the middle of a month, but in modern times the term has been associated with the date on which Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C.E. Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate by a group of conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. According to Plutarch, a seer had forseen that Caesar would be harmed. Caesar met the seer and joked, "the ides of March have come," meaning to say the prophecy had not been fulfilled. To which the seer responded, "Aye, Caesar; but not gone." This meeting and the days events were famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar.


It’s Thursday, March 15


Mezzo-soprano Tana Field gives a recital tonight at 7:30 in the Performing Arts Hall on the campus of Murray State University.  The recital features songs by Spanish composers.  For more information, call the Department of Music at 809-4288.


Maiden Alley Cinema presents “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.  The film stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy.  Set in 1973, the film follows espionage veteran George Smiley as he searches for a Soviet double agent in a deadly international spy game.  For movie showtimes and details, visit


Land Between the Lakes offers an Eagles and Pelicans Van Tour on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4.  Meet at the North Welcome Station to join LBL staff in a search for Kentucky’s two largest birds.  The cost is $7 for adults or $5 for children.  Make reservations by calling 924-2020.


If you haven’t made a pledge of support during this spring fundraiser, it’s not too late!  Visit the secure pledge page at