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Monday, March 15, 2010

Beware The Ides of March

Julius Caesar was warned by soothsayers to "beware of the Ides of March". As you know, he was stabbed by Marcus Brutus on the Ides of March in 44 BC. Wikipedia tells us that the term "ides" was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars, who, as god of war, was honored by a military parade.

In modern times, The Ides of March is celebrated every year by the Rome Hash House Harriers with a toga run in the streets of Rome, in the same place where Julius Caesar was killed. (People who run the Hash internationally don't usually dress up, but if you start your own kennel, you can make your own rules!)

In the U.S., the Atlanta Chapter of the Dagorhir Battle Games Association hosts an annual spring event appropriately named "The Ides of March" on the weekend closest to theMarch 15th.

Check out the costumes we have that would rock either event by typing the word "Roman" into our search box. You'll notice an abundance of goddess costumes, which is also appropriate, since March 18th is Goddess of Fertility Day! If you are trying to avoid pregnancy, this is another reason to beware the Ides of March. But if you’re into it, you can pray and make offerings, or just dress up, as your favorite fertility goddess. Roman goddesses had Greek equivalents, so here's your cheat sheet:

Venus (Roman) = Aphrodite (Gr.) - Goddess of love, beauty, and sexual passion.
Cybele (Roman) = Gaia (Gr.) - Earth-mother goddess.
Juno (Roman) = Hera (Gr.) - Queen of the gods, married to Jupiter/Zeus.
Diana (Roman) = Artemis (Gr.) - Although the goddess of chastity, it was said that she caused her mother no pain during delivery.
Minerva (Roman) = Athena (Gr.) - Goddess of wisdom

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