Beware the PI-des of March, Caesar

This post is shared entirely for fun. Enjoy or groan as appropriate!

March 15 is called the Ides of March. The designation comes from the Roman calendar and denotes the midpoint in the month. According to the ever reliable, Wikipedia, the Ides occurred around mid-month. The Ides of March would coincide with the first full moon of the new year.

But we know the Ides of March because of Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44B.C.

William Shakespeare deserves credit for making sure most of us know about Julius Caesar and his date with destiny on March 15. A seer had warned Julius about the Ides and it seems that on his way to the Senate that day, Julius made light of the warning but the day wasn’t over. History tells us he would die at the hands of members of the Roman senate that day.

Here’s what I think really happened…a series of events that certainly would not be the stuff of legendary literature but we should consider but which makes no difference to Caesar because either way – he dies!

March 15, or the Ides of March comes on the day following March 14. March 14 (3.14) is another famously celebrated by math and dessert geeks globally: Pi day. While the rest of the world was unaware of Pi, Caesar and his friends were part of a secret society that had determined its the ratio of the circumference of and its relationship to circles and celebrated using a circular dessert dish that the rest of the world had yet to discover.  See where I’m going yet?

I believe that Caesar and his friends had gathered for this secret celebration on Pi day.  It would be a celebration of wild abandon as each member attempted to recite a longer chain in the series of Pi.   Caesar, like his friends over-indulged on recitation and his favorite dessert.  His death the next day was attributed to said over-indulgence, or death by Pi.

Shakespeare supports my theory. In his sensational re-writing of history and under pressure from his publisher, he may offer the death by stabbing circumstance however, in a clever and undetected until now, literary clue Shakespeare has Caesar himself tells us the reason for his death:  As Caesar allegedly receives the knife stab wounds from those conspirators who would take his life, he sees his close friend, Brutus among them. In his final words, Caesar says, “Et tu, Brute!” which in a southern dialect is translated “Ate two, Brutus!”  Shakespeare was a clever man.

So there, my friends, you have my theories of why the Ides of March are important for us to remember and about the death of Julius Caesar.

If only he had heeded the actual words of the seer, “Stick with the salad, Caesar!”


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