The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Overview - Shakespeare may have written "Julius Caesar" as the first of his plays to be performed at the Globe, in 1599. For it, he turned to a key event in Roman history: Caesar s death at the hands of friends and fellow politicians. Renaissance writers disagreed over the assassination, seeing Brutus, a leading conspirator, as either hero or villain. Read more...
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More About The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare; Barbara A. Mowat; Paul WerstineOverviewShakespeare may have written "Julius Caesar" as the first of his plays to be performed at the Globe, in 1599. For it, he turned to a key event in Roman history: Caesar s death at the hands of friends and fellow politicians. Renaissance writers disagreed over the assassination, seeing Brutus, a leading conspirator, as either hero or villain. Shakespeare s play keeps this debate alive.
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-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
-Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play s famous lines and phrases
-An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language
-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
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-An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading
Essay by Coppelia Kahn
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