In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate by a group of conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. The group included 60 other co-conspirators according to Plutarch.
According to Plutarch, a seer had foreseen that Caesar would be harmed not later than the Ides of March and on his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar met that seer and joked, "The ides of March have come," meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied "Ay, Caesar; but not gone." This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to "beware the Ides of March."
Let me ponder, as a futurist, on this special date, one remote but possible unfolding melodrama in our upcoming political arena.
Why is the Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida?
If the legacy of missteps continues in the Romney tradition, if President Obama looks like his is faltering in the campaign for election, if the door is open a bit, who might be tapped in Tampa?
Let us wonder in the direction of the most covert family dynasty now operating in this nation.