These are the things I think of every year on my birthday (not just turning 40)…
Ides of March
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. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar 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 have come,” meaning to say 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.” The Roman biographer Suetonius identifies the “seer” as a haruspex named Spurinna.
On the anniversary of Caesar’s death in 40 BC, after achieving a victory at the siege of Perugia, Octavian (later known as Augustus) executed 300 senators and knights who had fought against him under Lucius Antonius, the brother of Mark Antony. The executions were one of a series of actions taken by Octavian as Caesar’s adopted heir to avenge his death. Suetonius and the historian Cassius Dio characterise the slaughter as like a religious sacrifice, noting that it occurred on the Ides of March at the new altar to the deified Julius.
Yeah… hopefully no one will stab me in the back (literally or figuratively)
And since I was an 80’s wild child, of course I think of this…
You gotta love Anthony Michael Hall’s Farmer Ted character
We’re heading out this evening to catch a stand-up act by a well known comedian. My wife claims she booked the event so that I would laugh on my 40th birthday, not cry.