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Julius Caesar: the Ides of March


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Julius Caesar's assassination in Joseph Mankiewicz' 1953 film version of Shakespeare's 's Cavafy's poem on the theme:The Ides of MarchGuard, O my soul, against pomp and if you cannot curb your ambitions,at least pursue them hesitantly, the higher you go,the more searching and careful you need to when you reach your summit, Caesar at lastwhen you assume the role of someone that famousthen be especially careful as you go out into the street,a conspicuous man of power with your retinue;and should a certain Artemidoroscome up to you out of the crowd, bringing a letter,and say hurriedly: "Read this at are things in it important for you to see,"be sure to stop; be sure to postponeall talk or business; be sure to brush offall those who salute and bow to you(they can be seen later); let eventhe Senate itself wait and find out immediatelywhat grave message Artemidoros has for you.(CP Cavafy)See also:



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