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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, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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