Ides of March: what to read on March 15

2. The Ides of March, by Thornton Wilder


After Shakespeare, one of the more literary contributions to the field of "ides" literature comes from Thornton Wilder. His 1948 epistolary novel "The Ides of March" imagines the events leading up to the assassination of Julius Caesar. Although some events in the book, including Caesar's assassination, are historic, much of the story is what Wilder called "a fantasia on certain events and persons of the last days of the Roman republic." Please don't mistake this one for a history book. Wilder specified that, "Historical reconstruction is not among the primary aims of this work."

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