Julius Caesar Essay

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Julius Caesar (play) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The ghost of Caesar taunts Brutus about his imminent defeat. (Copperplate engraving by Edward Scriven from a painting by Richard Westall: London, 1802.) The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, also known simply as Julius Caesar, is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599.[1] It portrays the 44 BC conspiracy against the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, his assassination and the defeat of the conspirators at the Battle of Philippi. It is one of several Roman plays that Shakespeare wrote, based on true events from Roman history, which also include Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra. Although the title of the play is Julius Caesar, Caesar is not the most visible character in its action; he appears in only three scenes, and is killed at the beginning of the third act. Marcus Brutus speaks more than four times as many lines, and the central psychological drama is his struggle between the conflicting demands of honour, patriotism, and friendship. Contents [hide] 1 Characters 2 Synopsis 3 Date and text 3.1 Deviations from Plutarch 4 Analysis and criticism 4.1 Historicism 4.2 Protagonist debate 5 Performance history 6 Notable performances 6.1 Screen performances 7 Adaptations and cultural references 8 See also 9 References 9.1 Footnotes 9.2 Secondary sources 10 External links [edit]Characters Julius Caesar Calpurnia: Wife of Caesar Octavius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, M. Aemilius Lepidus: Triumvirs after the death of Julius Caesar Cicero, Publius, Popilius Lena: Senators Marcus Brutus, Cassius, Casca, Trebonius, Ligarius, Decius Brutus, Metellus Cimber, Cinna: Conspirators against Julius Caesar Portia: Wife of Brutus Flavius and Marullus: Tribunes Artemidorus: a Sophist of Cnidos A Soothsayer (Also called Fortuneteller) Cinna: A poet, who is not related to the

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