March 15, 2012

BEWARE: The Ides of March

BEWARE: The Ides of March

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.
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare Act 1, scene 2, 15–19

I thought I’d mark the day with my depiction of Julius Caesar, who, on this day, tragically met his end, when his closest colleagues betrayed him. A lose impression of a calendar is used as my background and the fateful day is marked. The English language has been enriched with colloquial terms by a lot of William Shakespeare’s work and from Julius Caesar besides “Beware the ides of March” we get ‘Et tu, Brute?’ as well as common terms like ‘backstabbing.’