Ides of March 2014: Date and Meaning

March 13, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Ides of March in 2014 falls on March 15.

What is the meaning of the day?

It comes from the Roman calendar, becoming notorious as the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 B.C.

That moment became known as a turning point in Roman History, one of a number of events that turned the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. 

Caesar’s assassination was carried out in a meeting of the senate, with Brutus and Cassius leading fellow conspirators in the plot.

His death triggered a civil war that led to Octavian, an adopted heir of Caesar, rising to power.

Octavian took some brutal steps to consolidate power, such as executing 300 senators and knights who fought against him. 

Nowadays, Ides of March has turned into a hashtag on Twitter to remember actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Hoffman, who died of a drug overdose in February, was in the movie “Ides of March.” 

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