Beware the Ides of March

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The Death of Caesar (1867)
by Jean-Léon Gérôme

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5 thoughts on “Beware the Ides of March

  1. jeri says:

    I wish hallmark had online greeting cards for the ides of March..

  2. Nobody says:

    I was teaching Antony and Cleopatra this week and, as background, I brought up Julius Caesar. When I quoted “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears,” only two students in the class claimed they had ever heard that phrase before.

    I was stunned. I thought it was as culturally ubiquitous as “To be or not to be”!

  3. jeri says:

    Clearly, they didn’t grow up watching The Little Rascals (which is where I learned the phrase)!

    I’ve discovered now that I’m older that a lot of the classic quotes and music that I know were learned from the tv shows I watched as a kid, especially cartoons like Looney Toons, because those used popular music and referenced popular things going on at the time. When I took piano lessons, I would turn to my teacher and say, “Hey, I know this song – this is the one where Elmer Fudd is crying over Bugs Bunny when he thinks he killed him!” (Schumann’s Traumerei).

    I’d have to watch more modern-day children’s television, but my guess is that some of these classic things aren’t included as much as they were in the things I grew up watching. And that leaves my generation with a heap of stuff to teach our own children! And that’s also why I’m progressively collecting a lot of DVDs of shows I watched as a kid.

  4. linds says:

    Wow – your smart kids didn’t know the quote? My dumb freshmen know it. Of course, they stare blankly when I mention the name Napoleon, so don’t go despairing.

    I can’t tell you how happy it made me that the last day of the grading quarter fell on the Ides of March. :)

  5. Nobody says:

    I think it’s because children’s programing is absolutely crap here compared to American TV for kids. I’m sure I heard “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” quoted on Animaniacs, and before I could read I learned “Let It Be” first as “Letter B” on Sesame Street.

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