Directive Tragedy Rooted From the ‘Ides of March’

In the Devils Casino, the truth of the Lehman Brothers ploys comes to light. The words ‘Ides of March’ are referred to as a reference to Caesar’s killing in comparison to the Lehman demotion on March 15. They both occurred on the same day. It may seem overly dramatic but the truth of the matter is that for those involved, the incident of demotion was comparable to the evens of ‘Ides of March’. The author expects the reader to have a vague understanding of what ‘Ides of March’ is. They give a brief explanation of it but nothing too specific. Also, for the context that it is used in, the term doesn’t need to be delved into that much. It’s just there as a catalyst for understanding the severity of the Lehman demotion incident.  The author views it as a bad thing considering how they’re tying it to a event of this caliber that negatively affected the life of some. The quote specifically says “This episode is called the Ides of March by senior Lehman  executives  because the demotion occurred on March 15, the day Julius Caesar was killed by his former friends in 44 B.C.” Wiley John,  Devils casino: friendship, betrayal, and the high stakes games played inside lehman brothers, 2011.

From the reading of Cassius Dio, the quote of “According to some historians, he chose 300 prisoners of equestrian or senatorial rank, and offered them on the ides of March at the altar of the God Julius, as human sacrifices.” already sheds some light on how the negativity of this incident could be perceived. It compliments the way the ‘Ides of March’ attitude is in the book because in both contexts, the phrase is used in a negative scenario that can’t really offer much if any positive declarations.

Bailey Seemangal, Team 5, Hephaestus

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