Originally written March 18, 2013 on Silver and BlueBlood:
Hey, Dallas Cowboys fans, the Ides of March have come and gone. For those of you that have no clue what the Ides of March is in the first place, here you go: The Romans did not number days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (1st) of the following month. The Ides occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July, and October. The Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. On the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year. There was something in there about the assassination of Julius Caesar and the transition from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire, too. At any rate, never one to let a good play on words go by unused, I have decided to play...
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