The Corner

The Ides of March Are Come

Two thousand and fifty-four years ago today, assassins killed Julius Caesar, on the Ides of March.

He was famously warned of his end beforehand. He ignored a prophecy, even scoffed at it. According to Plutarch, when Caesar spotted the soothsayer, he said, “The ides of March are come.” The soothsayer replied, “But they are not gone.”

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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