Beware the Ides of March


I have great fondness for the Ides of March due to studying Latin for three years in High School. My teacher Mr. McAndrews would dedicate the entire class on March 15 each year to recreating scenes from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.

We’d begin with the scene with the soothsayer warning “Beware the Ides of March”. Then, armed with plastic knives several of the boys in the class performed the assassination of Julius Caesar, with Mr. McAndrews as Caesar himself. I must have played Casca one year because I still remember my line, “Speak, hands for me!”. Finally, Mr. McAndrews would jump on his desk and deliver Marc Antony’s funeral oration in the Forum.

We didn’t have YouTube back in the day, but if we did our performance would look something like this or this or this. It’s good to see that school kids can still have fun with Shakespeare and Caesar.


March 15 is also the anniversary of the day in 1820 when Massachusetts suddenly became smaller. Mass Moments tells the history and the controversy of Maine statehood.