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In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents. The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings�--"Beware the ides of March"� and of moving public oratory "Friends, Romans, countrymen!" Ironies abound and most of all for Brutus, whose fate ...more
Paperback, The Oxford Shakespeare, 245 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1599)
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Madeline
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare
Julius Caesar, abridged:

BRUTUS: I love Caesar!

CASSIUS: He's a power-hungry bastard. I think we should kill him.

BRUTUS: Dude, we totally should.

DECIUS: Happy Ides of March, Caesar. Ready to go to the Senate?

CAESAR: I dunno. My wife just had a dream about you and the rest of the senators washing their hands in my blood, so I think I'm going to call in sick today.

DECIUS: Okay, I'll just tell the guys that you're a pussy who lets his wife tell him what to do. They'll understand.

CAESAR: I'll get
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Bill Kerwin

In the course of teaching high school sophomores for thirty years, I have read Julius Caesar more than thirty times, and I never grow tired of its richness of detail or the complexity of its characters. Almost every year, I end up asking myself the same simple question--"Whom do I like better? Cassius or Brutus?"--and almost every year my answer is different from what it was the year before.

On one hand, we have Cassius, the selfish, manipulative conspirator who, after the assassination, shows h
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Jeffrey Keeten
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare
“Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.”


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Beware the Ides of March. Beware to those that have aspirations to rule. You may encounter many enemies. People who will thwart your plans. People quite possibly afraid of your genius. People suffering from delusions of grandeur.

I always say kee
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Tragedie Of Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1599. It is one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history, which also include Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra. Although the play is named Julius Caesar, Brutus speaks more than four times as many lines as the title character; and the central psychological drama of the play focuses on Brutus' struggle betwee
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Darth J
This tale in a nutshell:

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Henry Avila
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most powerful, famous man in Roman history, her greatest conqueror, loved by the adoring , poor population, of Rome, ( and Cleopatra, also) that has brought glory and prosperity, too, the army will follow anywhere he leads, certain victory and riches to the soldiers, the Senate has given numerous awards to him, Rome's enemies tremble at the name of the mighty Caesar, but of course nobody is loved by all, men are small, petty, and jealous, why should he be above them, (fearing he, becoming Ki ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
💜reread for my Shakespeare class

I really do love this play but I was also in it, with an Overly Large Yet Worth It Role, and at this point I have no energy to have thoughts on it, we'll talk about why I love this show and then we'll end with the long list of terrible memes

(also why the FUCK did I give this four stars. it's a five goodnight I love this underrated play)

WHY THIS PLAY IS FUCKING AWESOME

Okay, first of all, and no one else cares: it's pretty damn historically accurate as Shakespea
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James
Book Review
In 1599, William Shakespeare published his famous tragic play, Julius Caesar. In this tragedy, he explores the effect of power and trust across many characters, those who have it and those who are hungry for it. Several memorable lines originate in this play, offering guidance on how to go about building a network of friends and an army of enemies. Most readers are familiar with the story of vengeance and betrayal when it comes to Julius Caeser, and this is the central the
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Sean Barrs
"But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man…. "


Oh yes! So very, very, honourable was our dear Brutus…..

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To think these two were once friends.

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Lyn
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Et tu, Brute?”

These lines have haunted audiences and readers for centuries, since The Bard first presented the play, believed to be in 1599, when Shakespeare would have been 35. Bringing to life scenes from Roman history, this tragedy, more than presenting a biography of the leader, instead forms a study in loyalty, honor, patriotism and friendship.

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft in
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Alex
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: republicans
What a terrible era in which idiots govern the blind.

Here's the plot: a demagogue threatens democracy and his own allies in the Senate have to decide whether to remove him. So you can see why the Public Theater's minds went to recent events when they staged Julius Caesar in Central Park. Their version, set in modern times and featuring a familiar-looking Caesar, has made some headlines, and I won't lie: the murder scene was disturbing to watch. Art often tries to be dangerous, but it rarely succ
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Dolors
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tireless nonconformists
The juxtaposition that Shakespeare brings forward in this historical play, which resembles a tragedy in textual tonality and structure, is the double-edged facets, the private and the public, that coexist in Julius Caesar, the quintessential dictator.
The ruler’s weaknesses show unobstructed in his private life.
Irascible, proud and vulnerable to superstition, the Caesar ignores the voice of fate represented by the Soothsayer that tries to warn him against the surges of unrest that pervade in th
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Manny
I once performed the whole of Mark Anthony's "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech on the steps outside the Great Hall in Trinity College, Cambridge, wearing a bedspread as a toga and with a bucket chained over my head. It's a long story. I think I still know the speech by heart.

J.L.   Sutton
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The party on the streets of Rome provides the context: Julius Caesar's power is becoming close to absolute. The crowds love Caesar. The dissenters who stand on the outskirts of this party see few options to check Caesar's power. These differing perspectives from the opening of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar gives it a nuance that belies the simple story of Brutus's betrayal. Very intriguing and enjoyable! This is probably one of the most famous of Shakespeare's plays which I'd never read. T ...more
Darwin8u
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare, drama, 2017
“What a terrible era in which idiots govern the blind.”
― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 2, Scene 1

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Julius Caesar was one of my first Shakespeare loves. I remember in Jr High memorizing (and I still can remember most of it) Mark Anthony's eulogy to Caesar ("Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears..." It was powerful and was an early indicator for me of language's potential energy. Within those lines there were several messages, foreshadowing, etc. It turned me onto both Shakespear
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Joe Valdez
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
To celebrate William Shakespeare on his birthday in April, I'll be studying three of the Bard's plays which I've not yet seen. My Shakespeare plan is to locate a staging of the play, listening to and watching it on my Macbook while I follow along to as much as of the original text as is incorporated in the production. Later, I read the entire play in the modern English version. A good friend I've had since high school recommended this system to me and I think this has been a very good system for ...more
Kalliope
What is this play about? Is it about Julius Caesar, as the title says? Well, he is assassinated half way through the play and disappears (Act 3, scene 2). Granted, his ghost reappears later on, but it is not the ghost of the caliber of Mozart’s (and Lorenzo da Ponte’s) commanding Commendatore. JC’s ghost exists only in Brutus mind as his conscience. For even if Brutus thinks that it is the ghost’s revenge to “turn our swords toward our own stomachs”, the only time the ghost speaks is to say “I a ...more
Romie
basically: bros loving each others, deciding to kill their greatest bro and ending up going on a bro war.
Roy Lotz
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not say anything more beautiful in praise of Shakespeare as a human being than this: he believed in Brutus and did not cast one speck of suspicion upon this type of virtue.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

One of Shakespeare’s best, this play is also, I think, one of his most morally ambiguous. The central question of the play—was it right to have killed Caesar?—is left unresolved, principally because of the complexity of the protagonists.

The play opens with Cassius persuading Brutus to act against
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Brian
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Awake your senses, that you may the better judge.”

If all you know about “Julius Caesar” is reading it in high school, you need to revisit it. It is a much deeper and richer text then I assume most high school readings of it allow.
I gave "Julius Caesar" a 4 star rating compared to other Shakespeare, not to literature as a whole. The Bard is in a class of his own.
The introduction to this play by Douglas Trevor is spectacular. Insightful, interesting and easy to follow. It is one of the best intro
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David Sarkies
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody and everybody
Recommended to David by: My highschool English teacher
Shelves: tragedy
A question of tyranny
3 September 2014

I am surprised that it has taken me this long to actually get around to re-reading this play so as to write a commentary on it considering that it happens to be one of my favourite Shakespearian plays. The copy that I own belonged to my uncle and the notes that have been scribbled into the book indicate that he read it when he was in high school. A part of me is jealous that he actually got to study this play whereas I was stuck with Hamlet. However, as I th
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Piyangie
This is Shakespeare's interpretation of the life and the assassination of Julius Caesar, the incidents that occur following the tragedy, and the plight of the conspirators and assassins.

The theme behind the story is universal. Where one wields power, there is always abundant of men who will win his trust and confidence and then shrewdly betray him at the first given opportunity. Greed for power is one of the commonest reasons for treachery from time immemorial. When one is greedy of it, one is
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Ted
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And for Mark Antony, think not of him;
For he can do no more than Caesar's arm
When Caesar's head is off.



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Who, or what, is this play about? What does "about" mean?

In some sense it must be about Julius Caesar. But is it about him as a man, a tyrant, a ruler? Or is it just "about" his assassination?

Rather than address these questions, let's look at it this way. It seems clear to me that the character in a play that talks more than anyone else is the characte
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Mark Porton
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Just finished my first (would you believe at 56 years old?) Shakespeare play: Julius Caesar.

As a tenderfoot in this genre, I am hardly best placed to review and critique this work, but I am more than able to convey my experience, learning and thoughts from this experience. I’m sure there must be one or two other Shakespeare novices out there – regardless of age, who may find this useful.

This is not a book to be read at the same speed as you would a ‘normal’ novel. I found I needed to read and re
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Mark André
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
'You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!'
Michael Finocchiaro
Et tu Brutus. Then fall Caesar.
Whether or not Julius Caesar ever spoke these words, they contain a wealth of meaning like the rest of Shakespeare’s extraordinary play. Even if Cicero is speaking Greek, and for the hapless Casca, “but those that understood him smiled at
one another and shook their heads; but, for mine own
part, it was Greek to me,” even for readers more than four centuries later, the Bard still speaks directly to us about pride and arrogance, about hope and despair, and about the s
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CarolynMarieReads
Another wonderful Shakespeare play!!!
Full review to come!!!
Meg Dunham
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites
Oh my, I have no words to express how much I enjoyed this!!! It's just GRAND!! By far my favorite of Shakespeare's plays that I've read so far. :)
Matt

Re-reading it for a class I'm taking, I was surprised to see that it's not the hoary, near-cliched, armchair statesman-like story I'd snored through in high school.

It's actually a taut, crackling, suspenseful political thriller which is more compelling, dire, complex, and profound than I'd originally noticed.

It's about revolution, revolutionaries, and the price one pays for irrigating the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants. You get the restless, brittle, inferiority complex of Cassius, h
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Matt
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cassius: Tell me, good Brutus, can you see your face?
Brutus: No, Cassius, for the eye sees not itself but by reflection, by some other things.

Julius Caesar serves as a story of influence and corruption, amongst other things. Brutus, Cassius, and Mark Antony are the dominant personalities, while Caesar appears but a few times, though he is "constant as the Northern Star." The argument permeating throughout is whether Caesar's assassination was a noble act of heroism to save Rome from beastly ambi
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more

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“Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.”
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