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Julius Caesar is a five-act tragedy by the English dramatist William Shakespeare. It exploits the Elizabethan fascination for ancient Rome, particularly the life and death of the powerful military and political leader Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar is an early play. It was one of the tragedies that he wrote during his second period of artistic development and was probably written and first performed in 1599. It was not published until 1623. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: Antony As Shakespeare did in his other Roman dramas, he relied heavily on the ancient Greek writer Plutarch's Lives in an English translation made in 1579 by the English author Sir Thomas North from a French version. The play takes place in ancient Rome and concerns events before and after the assassination of the Roman ruler Julius Caesar. Despite its title, the play's central character is not Caesar but Brutus, a Roman general and Caesar's best friend. Brutus reluctantly joins a plot led by Cassius. The plotters plan to murder Caesar, and Brutus joins it because he believes Rome's safety requires Caesar's death. Caesar has already been made dictator of Rome, and the conspirators fear that he might be crowned king. The plotters attack Caesar in the Roman Senate, and each of them stabs him in turn. The last to strike is Brutus. Caesar's last words are "Et tu, Brute? [You too, Brutus?] Then fall, Caesar!" Brutus defends the assassination to a crowd of Romans. But he unwisely allows the clever and eloquent Mark Antony to deliver a funeral speech over Caesar's body that begins with the famous line "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears." Antony tells the people, "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him." He then describes the plotters with heavy sarcasm as "honourable men." At the same time, Antony points out Caesar's virtues and thus gradually turns the crowd into a mob ready to burn and kill
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