Thursday, March 15, 2007

Celebrate the Ides of March

Just avoid knife wielding anti-imperialists at the forum.

Make sure you indulge in the traditional Ides of March meal: Caesar salad washed down with an Orange Julius.

PS Good reading for the day: Walter Goffart, Barbarian Tides, which argues that Rome didn't so much fall as simplify itself to death via the rise of religious "work" and the elimination of the leisured class.


Jeffrey Cohen said...

PS If someone does tell you to beware the Ides of March today, make sure you tell them to beware skinny fellows who think too much as well.

Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights:
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.

Jeffrey Cohen said...

PS Did anyone else have to memorize this in latin class? I can't get it out of my head today.

In March, July, October, May
The IDES fall on the fifteenth day
The NONES the seventh; all else besides
Have two days less for Nones and Ides.

Karl Steel said...

beware skinny fellows who think too much

That'd be me. Watch out!

Jeffrey Cohen said...

Karl, those of us who have actually met you know very well that you are exactly the kind of man that Caesar (and, according to my brother, Rodney Dangerfield) like to surround himself with: doughy and bald.

Karl Steel said...

You forgot malodorous.

"Let me have men about me that are rank;
Shiny-headed ectomorphs..."

Anonymous said...

Yes - and tomorrow it is St Patrick's day. Today is Friday 16 March - and it was on another Friday 16 March in 1190 that the pogrom in York reached its dreadful climax. I have not got around to writing the post that I might have done - but at least I can add it to your list of anniversaries and ponder the uniquely human nature of such anniversaries in a brief postscript.


Jeffrey Cohen said...

Thanks, N50, for that. Today I just finished and sent off via email an essay on medieval animals that touches upon -- very briefly -- the ha-Gadol mass suicide and murders in York (the essay touches upon the intersection of those events and a representation of Jews as a hyena in the Aberdeen bestiary). So, March 16 is very much on my mind today.

RaeRae said...

alright... so on the 15th we celebrate backstabbing (literally in this case) and on the 17th we celebrate christianization and drinking... cause you know there are never enough excuses to drink why not make a holiday out of one of them?