Beware the Ides of March

Today recalls the famous quote from William Shakespeare’s, Julius Caesar, warning him to be careful—to “BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH!" William Shakespeare is one of the most prolific writers in the English language, and has been studied by writers and actors over the years as the greatest English playwright of all time. But did you know that in all of Shakespeare’s works it’s estimated there are over 1,200 biblical references?

Unquestionably, Shakespeare displays a significant understanding of biblical literature—especially from the books of Psalms, Genesis, Matthew, and Job. Harvard Professor Robert Kiely said, “if a student doesn’t know any Bible literature, he or she will simply not understand whole elements of Shakespeare, Sidney, Spenser, Milton, and Wadsworth. One could go on and on.”

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