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15 March, 2005

Happy Ides of March

“Beware the Ides of March”, a warning Julius Caesar received from a fortune-teller. (a play by William Shakespeare)

According to William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar was stabbed trusted people, including Brutus. And the famous sentence “Et tu, Brute?” (Even you, Brutus?) (source: The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy)

Marcus Junius Brutus: A Roman politician and general who conspired to assassinate Julius Caesar. In the subsequent power struggle with Mark Antony and Octavian, Brutus was defeated at the Battle of Philippi and committed suicide. (source: The American Heritage Dictionary)

Last year in SillyDog701's History of Today I wrote following March 15 - Ides of March entry

If you are a Xena - the Warrior Princess fan, you should know Xena hated Caesar all her life. Before Xena became warrior princess,

In the early days, Xena wanted to ensure the safety of her home, and so conquered the surrounding lands that were attacked by the warlord Cortese. At one point, she took Julius Caesar, then a young and ambitious Roman officer, hostage. They had a torrid affair; she naively believe they were an "unstoppable team," and allowed him to be ransomed. Caesar returned to recapture Xena and her men, and had them all crucified on a nearby beach. And Xena's legs were destroyed by Caesar.

Fortunately, Xena had made another acquaintance during the Neapolitis campaign. M'Lila taught Xena to fight and to use acupressure (including the infamous nerve pinch).

In the episode The Debt II, Xena's legs were healed by Lao Ma.

In the episode The Ides of March, Callisto returns from Tartarus, she wants to corrupt Xena and make Julius Caesar Emperor. Xena plans to kill Caesar, but fail. Callisto catches Xena's chakram which aimed Caesar. Callisto throws chakram back to Xena. Chakram is broken, and Xena is paralyzed from where the chakram apparently broke her spine. Xena and Gabrielle are both crucified by Caesar's men. They both dead (second time for Xena). Brutus who received Xena's advice stabs Caesar.

Well, that's the story of Ides of March in Xena - The Warrior of Princess.

Xena and Gabrielle both returned in season 5, and Xena has newer version of her chakram.

For more information about Xena, please check Whoosh! website.

Posted by Antony on 15 March 2005 12:40 AM |

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