"I had read Goldsmith's 'History of Rome'" ~ Jane Eyre
Beware the Ides of March!
Poor Jules. Brutus betrayed him. I would never betray J. Sarah, my best friend, unless she decided to a) become a vegetarian b) stop drinking her signature bitter cocktails like gimlets c) decided to go blond on me d) decided she liked pearls better than diamonds.
That being said, it is probably the 12th anniversary of the note I wrote to her during Dr. Van Wie's AP Euro History Class at Wheatley HS. I am sure it went something like this, and I probably drew a cartoon of Caesar.
Happy Ides of March! Today we celebrate the day that Julius Caesar was knifed in the Senate and chopped up into pieces, thus creating the birth of the Caesar Salad!
I am craving a Caesar salad right about now. Es-tu, J. Sarah?
(*Note - I called her during this blogging and she was thinking about the note, too! Ah, after all these years, great minds think alike. Oh, and once a nerd, always a nerd. We were not normal teenagers, this I know.*)
I am vexed that HBO did not re-air any episodes of ROME this week in honor of Caesar's stabbings. That show is, by far, one of the best shows on HBO. If you have not seen it yet, I encourage you to do so when the show re-airs and when season 2 starts next year. There is something intriguing about this time period, and it amazes me how someone can be a part of pop culture and lived over 2000 years ago. http://www.hbo.com/rome/
I love teaching Shakespeare's Julius Caesar when I have freshman classes. Although its not Shakespeare's best writing, there are some moments where monologues and dialogues capture some great language and passionate ideas about government and leadership. Whilst I shall not delve into how some tout that Bush is a modern-day Caesar (Hi PUKK!), I shall leave you with a a few quotes from the play for you to enjoy today. You may want to peruse these over a Caesar salad:
"Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings." - Act I, Scene II
"Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more." - Act II, Scene II
"When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff." - Act III, Sc. II
"Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear;Seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come." - Act II, Scene II
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