The Ides of March is here! What’s the significance?

Shakespeare's First Folio can be found on display at the Central library.

The Ides of March, historically speaking, was just a way for Romans to say the 15th of March.  In fact, in Romans referred to the 13th or 15th day of certain months as “the Ides.”

Yet popular culture today recognizes the Ides of March – or perhaps even more the phrase Beware the Ides of March! – for a simple reason: Roman ruler Julius Caesar was stabbed to death on the Ides of March and, as English scholars around the world will recognize, the phrase was further immortalized by Shakespeare in the play Julius Caesar.

Fans of Shakespeare will enjoy visiting the Central library‘s 7th floor, where an original edition of Shakespeare’s First Folio (published in 1623) is on display.  The Humanities Division, located on the 3rd floor, also has a great collection of Shakespeare’s works.

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