Tomorrow is the 14th of March, right around the middle of the month, or “the Ides.” And we’ve all heard the term Ides of March, but if you haven’t studied William Shakespeare, would you know what it means? Or even care?
Well, I’m the curious sort, and my high school Shakespeare is pretty rusty, so here’s what Wikipedia says:
In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate. A seer had warned Caesar that harm would come to him no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, “The Ides of March are come”, implying that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” This meeting is famously dramatised in William Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.”
So there you have it.
But this is 2018, what would Caesar, or Will Shakespeare ever have thought of today’s politics or social media? Thumbs up, or thumbs down? Another modern custom that has its’ origins in ancient Rome.
Well, Black Rafter SoapWorks loves today’s social media. It’s quick, convenient, immediate. Post a picture, people know exactly what you’re talking about. And I’ve been enjoying a lot of thumbs up recently.
So back to the soap pot I go, a customer in Texas is requesting a certain soap. While I’m at it, I’ll experiment a little. Why not, I know no fear, not even the Ides of March!!