The Ides of March was a date on the ancient Roman calendar. In a play by William Shakespeare, the dictator Julius Caesar was told by prophets to beware this date, for he would meet his doom on this date.

During her attempt to kill Captain James T. Kirk, whom she had compared to Caesar, Lenore Karidian cited a line from this play, "Caesar, beware the Ides of March," before firing her phaser. Her attempt failed when her father, Anton Karidian, placed himself before the captain and took the fatal shot. (TOS: "The Conscience of the King")

The Ides of March was the fifteenth of March. On this day, on 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated by a cabal of senators. William Shakespeare wrote a tragedy, Julius Caesar, based on the writings of ancient Roman historians. As in real life, the play depicted the murder of Caesar.

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