Ides of March: Not Just a Hot Ryan Gosling Movie (VIDEO)

ides of marchIf you think the Ides of March is just some mediocre Ryan Gosling movie, you're right. It is. But it also has a historical context -- the Ides of March commemorates the day, March 15, when Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back 23 times by a group of angry Roman Senators. The group was led by Marcus Junius Brutus who didn't like that Caesar was becoming a dictator, and decided that killing him was the only way to prevent a tyranny. Brutus and about 60 of his co-conspirators jumped Caesar on his way to the Senate building and assassinated him on March 15 in 44 B.C.

"Ides" comes from the Latin word "Idus" which means "half division", especially pertaining to a month. Since Brutus murdered Caesar, the Ides of March has been associated with backstabbing and disloyalty and was first made famous by Shakespeare and, yes, then Ryan Gosling.


The quote you've probably heard a bunch of times ... "beware the Ides of March" ... is from Act 1, scene 2 in Shakespears' Julius Ceasar. It's when Caesar encounters a soothsayer who warns him that shit's going down on March 15. Turns out, the soothsayer was right.

And most recently, the Ides of March was a not so subtle reference to the political backstabbing that went on within the movie with the same name. Ryan Gosling's character gets thrown under the bus a few times, then does some throwing under himself.

So raise a glass to Ryan Gosling and Billy Shakespeare and Julius Caesar, and what the hell, to Brutus, too. The ancient Roman melodrama has given us a great excuse to call out all backstabbers today and to say cool things like, "Oh my dear, I do declare you should beware the Ides of March."

Watch Ryan Gosling talk about the Ides of March because why not:



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