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Julius Caesar Background. It is history, tragedy, and political commentary. Scholars and others debate the relative merits of democracy, republic, monarchy, oligarchy, and socialism. None function perfectly. History is replete with both nefarious and admirable examples of each.

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Julius caesar background

Julius Caesar Background

It is history, tragedy, and political commentary.

Various kinds of governments

Various Kinds of Governments

Roman government

Roman Government

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  • By 100 B.C.E., Rome was in form a moderate democracy; in practice, the Senate was in control.

  • Julius Caesar was a patrician, but he cast his lot with the people.

  • He gained much support by spending money for public entertainment and freeing farmers and tradesmen from heavy taxes.

Roman Government

Julius caesar

Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar

Julius caesar the play

  • Caesar’s return form began between Caesar and Pompey. Munda marks the beginning of Shakespeare’s play.

  • Act I depicts Caesar as the undisputed leader and master of the entire Roman world.

  • Fearing dictatorship, a group of conspirators, including Cassius and Brutus, planned the assassination of Caesar and carried it out March 15, 44 B.C.E.

Julius Caesar – The Play

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  • Caesar’s death led to the formation of a second triumvirate consisting of Octavius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Marcus Lepidus.

  • Eventually, at the Battle of Philippi, the triumvirate avenged the murder of Caesar by defeating the forces of Brutus, who committed suicide rather than be taken prisoner.

Julius Caesar – The Play