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Introduction: Julius Caesar, Act IV. Geller’s Sophisticated Sophomores Fall 2013. Where we left off…. Brutus, Cassius, and the other conspirators have been driven from Rome by an angry mob after Antony convinces the plebeians that the conspirators are dishonorable traitors.

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introduction julius caesar act iv

Introduction: Julius Caesar, Act IV

Geller’s Sophisticated Sophomores

Fall 2013

where we left off
Where we left off…
  • Brutus, Cassius, and the other conspirators have been driven from Rome by an angry mob after Antony convinces the plebeians that the conspirators are dishonorable traitors.
  • Antony is planning to meet with Caesar’s nephew, Octavius, to raise an army in opposition to the conspiracy and seize control of Rome.
act iv vocabulary
Act IV Vocabulary
  • *Insolent (adj): Rude, disrespectful
  • *Wrangle (v): Wrestle
  • Nemesis (n): Arch-enemy
  • Covert (adj): Secret
  • Chastise (v): Scold, criticize
  • *Sage (adj): wise; (n): Wise old person
  • *Contaminate (v): To make impure or unclean
  • Seduce (v): Persuade via flattery, bribes etc.
  • *Attire (n): Clothing
more act iv vocabulary
More Act IV Vocabulary
  • Vulgar (adj): Common, unsophisticated, rude
  • Mirth (n): Celebration, merrymaking, happiness
  • *Vile (adj): Gross, disgusting, abhorrent, offensive
  • Insupportable (adj): Unable to be endured; intolerable
  • Perils (n): Dangers
  • Choleric (adj): Sulky, melancholy
  • Resolve (v): Figure out, remedy
even more act iv vocabulary
EVEN MORE Act IV Vocabulary
  • Perceive (v): Discern, figure out, determine using the senses
  • Durst (v, archaic): dare
  • *Exigent (adj): Pressing, demanding, urgent
  • Unmeritable (adj): Not worthy or deserving of merit, praise, or reward.
new characters
New Characters
  • Octavius
    • Caesar’s great-nephew and official heir
    • Member of the triumvirate
    • Goes on to become Caesar Augustus, establishes Roman Empire
    • 18 years old
new characters1
New Characters
  • Lepidus
    • Member of the triumvirate
    • Roman patrician and Caesar’s “Master of the Horse,” big supporter of Caesar
    • Depicted by Shakespeare as a “slight, unmeritable man”
where we go from here
Where we go from here…
  • As Act IV begins, Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus (the Second Triumvirate) are at Antony’s house, essentially making a “hit list.”
  • Meanwhile, Brutus, Cassius, and their army are encamped near Sardis in Asia Minor, strategizing for the upcoming civil war.
study guide correction
Study Guide Correction…
  • #10…Anachronism on page 854

(Between lines 250-255).