|Vincenzo Camuccini, Mort de César, 1798.|
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|BRUTUS MAXIMUS - MAX|
Brutus Maximus here today. I'm better known as simply (or is that "simple") Max. We forgot to wish ya'll a Happy "Pi" Day yesterday; 3.14. So we're not gonna forget today's significance and wish ya'll a safe Ides of March, 3.15. But remember, beware the Ides of March. And now for some cultural information to prove that we is sophisticated here in Bumpass. Did you know that:
The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martii) is the name of 15 March in the Roman calendar, probably referring to the day of the full moon. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other conspirators.
A funny thin happened on the way to forum. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar saw a seer who had foretold that harm would come to him not later than the Ides of March. Caesar joked, "Well, the Ides of March have come", to which the seer replied "Ay, they have come, but they are not gone."This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March".
Et tu, Brute?" (pronounced [ɛt ˈtuː ˈbruːtɛ])
is a Latin phrase often used poetically to represent the last words of Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his murder by stabbing. It can be variously translated as "Even you, Brutus?","And you, Brutus?", "You too, Brutus?", "Thou too, Brutus?" or "And thou, Brutus?". Immortalized by Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (1599), the quotation is widely used in Western culture to signify the utmost betrayal.
Et tu, Brute?" (pronounced [ɛt ˈtuː ˈbruːtɛ])
On March 15 (the Ides of March), 44 BC, Caesar was attacked by a group of senators, including Marcus Junius Brutus, Caesar's close friend. Caesar initially resisted his attackers, but when he saw Brutus, he supposedly spoke those words and resigned himself to his fate.
Caesar's last words are not known with certainty and are a contested subject among scholars and historians alike. The version best known in the English-speaking world is the LatinEt tu, Brute?, which derives from William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar (1599), where it actually forms the first half of a macaronic line: "Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!" phrase Shakespeare in turn was making use of a phrase already in common use in his time: it appears, for example, in "Richard Eedes's Latin play Caesar Interfectus of 1582 and The True Tragedie of Richarde Duke of Yorke; of 1595, a source work for Henry VI, Part 3.The phrase evidently follows in the tradition of the Roman historian Suetonius, who reports that others have claimed Caesar's last words were the Greek phrase "καὶ σὺ τέκνον;" (transliterated as "Kai su, teknon?": "You too, my child?" in English or "Tu quoque, Brute, fili mi" in Latin). Caesar is known to have spoken excellent Greek and there would be nothing strange in this. Suetonius himself claims Caesar said nothing as he died. Plutarch also reports that Caesar said nothing and merely pulled his toga over his head when he saw Brutus among the conspirators.
As a child, Caesar was fascinated by his mother baking exotic foods and he most favored the unique dish of salsa de pomodoro spread on a circular impasto section and covered with a layer of formaggio and sprinkled with shredded prosciutto. The baked pasticcio was so popular that as a young man Caesar was able to establish a network of bakeries that sold the delectable "pizza" throughout the Roman Empire. These shops, some of which still exist today, are commonly referred to as "Piccolo Caesar's."
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SHELTER CHALLENGE VOTING STATUS:
As of 3/15/2011, AHGRRS can say "WE'RE STILL #1." We can stay at #1 if ya'll don't give up your effort---- VOTE; just 7 voting days remain. We've got 17.94% of the WV vote today, UP from 3/14/11 when we had 17.86% ; #2 has 16.15%, DOWN from 3/14/11 when they had 16.38%. There's now a 1.79% gap (1.75% on 3/14) which, hopefully, we can open further with continued heavy voting. We're now at #115 nationally; UP from 3/14 when we were #116. The WV #2 shelter is still at #134 nationally, with no change (3/14 they were at #134); so they're now 19 spots behind us; it was 18 spots behind us on 3/14). We are truly appreciative of your voting efforts on our behalf, Voting ends at midnight Pacific Daylight Time on Sunday night March 20th. -Hallelujah!
LET'S KEEP UP THE SURGE.
YOU CAN HELP US OUT:
Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary (AHGRRS) operates solely on private donations and corporate or organizational grants. Right now you can help us in our attempt to win a $1,000.00 grant from The Animal Rescue Site's Shelter Challenge. The below logo link will take you to the Animal Rescue Site (dad fixed it) where you will get to click to donate a free bowl of food to homeless animals. After you do that you will be presented with a "Thank You" page; at the right side of the top of that page please click on the "VOTE TODAY" button. That will then take you directly to the voting page. The only information that you need to enter is to select "WV" in the State box from the drop down menu and then click on "Search." The page will then do its' thing and will end up showing a list of shelters. The second shelter on the list will be "Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. Capon Bridge, WV 26714." A "VOTE" button will also appear. Simply click on that "VOTE" button. After you vote you will see a confirmation page that requires you to identify an animal photo; this eliminates illegal machine voting. The answer is simply the type of animal that you see; dog, cat, turtle, fish, cow, etc. - not a specific breed. You can cast one vote everyday from as many different computers to which you have access. Actually, you can vote in the early morning and then again in the evening after about 8-10 hours; you can also vote from different browser such as MS-Explorer, Yahoo, Firefox and Google Chrome. Voting will run for about six more weeks. You can have the Animal Rescue Site send you a daily reminder to "click" for free food; then you can vote in the All-Star Shelter Challenge. The more friends you can rally to vote the better our chances of winning. Every vote, every day, every computer - counts. On our blog we provide a status report of how we're doing. Won't you please take the time to help out a senior Golden?