Mars, the Roman god of war descended upon Washington, D.C., last month, bringing “madness” into March, the month named in his honor. How do I know? I spotted his influence all over town:
- Sighting #1: Thanks to the “informal” ticket-sale system on the sidewalk outside of the Verizon Center, where the NCAA Elite Eight games took place, I unexpectedly got to see a slice of March Madness firsthand as Marquette vanquished Miami and Syracuse subdued Indiana.
- Sighting #2: A few nights later, at the D.C. Shakespeare Theater, I watched Adolf Hitler’s favorite play, “Coriolanus.” The play’s protagonist, Roman General Caius Martius, honorifically dubbed “Coriolanus” brings Mars to life, lustily spilling blood for the sake of his tribe and his personal pride. (Apparently Hitler found the “human-tank” hero inspiring—not many other people do, which is probably why “Coriolanus” is one of Shakespeare’s least popular works.)