ante diem viii idus februarias

46 B.C. -- victory of Julius Caesar over pro-Pompey forces at Thapsus

300 A.D. -- martyrdom of Theophilus Scholasticus 'The Lawyer'

1811 -- birth of H.G. Liddell (co-author of the massive Greek Lexicon which is still standard and father of Alice in Wonderland)

2001 -- death of Emily Vermeule (author of Greece in the Bronze Age, among several other works)