Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar is a Roman politician and general who represents a critical role in the events that led to the downfall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. He is also known as a well-known author of Latin prose. The play Julius Caesar is tragic in origin written in 1599, the same year it was performed at the Globe Theatre, London.

Caesar came back in victory from the war against Pompey, though tribunes Marullus and Flavius express their dissatisfaction to the people at the outcome. A seer warns Caesar to be cautious the Ides of March during the celebrations. Regardless of learning from Casca that he had refused the people’s offer of the crown, Cassius and Brutus talk over their fears that Caesar’s ambition is to become king.

During a stormy night that has been full of unusual events, Casca, Cassius, and Cinna meet and agree they need to win Brutus over to their cause, the removal of Caesar. In the meanwhile, Brutus has been thinking about the dangers of having Caesar crowned, so he agrees to the assassination plot when the conspirators arrive at his house. He is resisting to divulge his intentions to his wife, Portia, but yields to her enticement.

Caesar’s wife Calpurnia, strive to persuade him not to go to the Capitol, scared by dreams and omens. He agrees, but Decius reinterprets the omens in a favorable light and brushing aside a warning on the way from Artemidorus, he leaves. The conspirators kill him, Caesar, when he refuses to grant Metellus Cimber’s suit. Mark Antony, Caesar’s friend meets the conspirators, who permit him to speak at Caesar’s funeral next to Brutus’ own speech. Brutus defend their action against the citizens and obtained their support, but Antony’s speech awaken them against the conspirators, and Brutus and Cassius escape. Cinna the poet was killed by the angry people, thinking him as Cinna the conspirator.

Together with Octavius Caesar and Lepidus, Antony forms a triumvirate and they formulate the deaths of the conspirators and mold an army. After a fierce personal quarrel, Brutus and Cassius join forces at Sardis, concurring to fight together at Philippi. Messala brings news of the events at Rome and reveals that Portia has killed herself. During the night, Caesar’s ghost visits Brutus and informs him that he will meet him at Philippi.

The battle begins. Cassius instructs his servant Pindarus to kill him thinking they are defeated. His servant obeys, but it is then revealed that the news was false, as Brutus had gained a lead. Another further leads to Brutus’ conquer, and he too commits suicide. Antony and Octavius arrange to bury him with honor as they recognize Brutus’ nobility.

Julius Caesar corroborate that controversy isn’t needed for relevance and after 400 years, Shakespeare’s words hold up to this day.


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