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Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Annotated Revision [NOOK Book]

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ROME 45-42 B.C.
??why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead to live all free men?? Brutus, Act 3.2.

The play's provenance in Roman History is important?Shakespeare dramatized the end of the Roman Republic. The conspiracy against Caesar (44 B.C.) represented the ...
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Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Annotated Revision

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ROME 45-42 B.C.
‘…why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead to live all free men?’ Brutus, Act 3.2.

The play's provenance in Roman History is important—Shakespeare dramatized the end of the Roman Republic. The conspiracy against Caesar (44 B.C.) represented the last stand for the Republican cause. For although Caesar refused the crown offered him by Antony three times, the Republican idealists' traditional fear of kings made even the possibility of a restoration intolerable to Brutus, Cassius and the other conspirators. This was a real danger after the Pompeian Wars, as Rome was prepared to give Caesar considerable latitude on the grounds that the aristocratic oligarchy would not be sufficient to prevent further strife. The following is from Plutarch’s Life of Caesar:

'The Romans, inclining to Caesar's prosperity, and taking a bit in the mouth, supposing that, to be ruled by one man alone, it would be a good means for them to take breath a little, after so many troubles and miseries as they had abidden in the civil wars: they chose him perpetual dictator. This was a plain tyranny: for to this absolute power of dictator, they added this—never to be afraid to be deposed.

To staunch Republicans, Caesar’s seizure of power justified tyrannicide. It was a matter of honor to put the well being of Rome before sole trust in Caesar. However, Caesar’s death led to further civil war, the establishment of the Triumvirate of Antony, Lepidus and Octavius, and eventually to the rule of Emperor Augustus. The arguments the conspirators used to hatch the assassination plot and preach to the “S.P.Q.R.’ [Senatus Populusque Romanus (the Senate and the people of Rome)] proved a specious argument that resulted in the loss of the Republican ideal forever.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012462565
  • Publisher: D. Vecchio
  • Publication date: 5/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 118 KB

Meet the Author

The author, born in Kentucky, worked in hospital administration before retiring in 2005. He now lives and writes in Miami, Florida.
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