Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare
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William Shakespeare's Tragedy of Julius Caesar remains to this day one of the most powerful and well-written historical plays in history. Its ability to transport the audience into the past, to the time of Caesar, Brutus and all the other important protagonists who have made history in and outside Rome, still makes the play a captivating read even four centuries after its inception. Despite the fact that The Tragedy of Julius Caesar seems to be mainly about Caesar's struggles, it actually focuses more on a number of secondary aspects. While Caesar himself does appear alive in a few of the scenes, much of Shakespeare's work centers more around the struggles of Brutus before and after the planning and eventual carrying out of the conspiracy of killing Caesar. The story begins with Caesar's return from his successful campaign against the sons of Pompey. In the meantime, Rome is divided, and there are talks of preventing Caesar from leading the Empire into a period of darkness that has to be prevented. The disturbing conspiracy culminating with the killing of Caesar, and continuing with Brutus' moral struggle with the concept of murdering a friend for the greater good makes for a deep philosophical and psychological intrigue that has been debated for centuries. The play is extremely well-written - a fact that everyone who has read any of the Bard's timeless plays can easily agree upon. It also offers many genuine historical accounts, having been based on actual events from Roman history that Shakespeare seems to have known of and understood at a level that far surpassed that of his contemporaries. Whether you enjoy reading Shakespeare's plays, or you never came across any of them before, you'll find that reading The Tragedy of Julius Caesar will be an entirely worthwhile experience, as well as a highly enjoyable and educational venture.

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