Category Archives: Julius Caesar

Watered-down Ant’ny

Like I said a couple of days back, in a sense, Antony and Cleopatra is a continuation of the tale begun in Julius Caesar. Not a true sequel, perhaps–as it shares neither protagonist nor central conflict. But we do have three characters that span both plays. Over the course of a few entries, let’s take a look at the changes in characterizations between the two plays.

Let’s wrap this up with a look at our titular Ant’ny, shall we?

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Octavian: last man standing

Like I said a couple of days back, in a sense, Antony and Cleopatra is a continuation of the tale begun in Julius Caesar. Not a true sequel, mind you–as it shares neither protagonist nor central conflict. But we do have three characters that span both plays. Over the course of a few entries, let’s take a look at the changes in characterizations between the two plays.

Let’s take a look at ol’ (er, make that young) Octavian, shall we?

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Alas, poor Lepidus

In a sense, Antony and Cleopatra is a continuation of the tale begun in Julius Caesar. Not a true sequel, perhaps–as it shares neither protagonist nor central conflict. But we do have three characters that span both plays. Over the course of the next few entries, let’s take a look at the changes in characterizations between the two plays.

Let’s start with the easy one: Lepidus.

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Julius Caesar: Plutarch’s Lives and Shakespeare’s “history” and fictions [INFOGRAPHIC]

This week is beginning as the school year winds to a close, so for all you high school teachers out there who waited until the last minute to get your Bard in, have I got something for you: a new infographic on my Teachers Pay Teachers page! Let’s venture back to Rome…and the times of Julius Caesar

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Podcast 91: Julius Caesar: Directorial Concept and Wrap-Up

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This week’s podcast concludes our two month-long discussion of Julius Caesar, with a directorial concept, the winner of a contest, and a wrap-up of the play.

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Julius Caesar: Concordance–Noble and Honor, Part Two

A couple of days back, I discussed the uses of the words “noble” and “(dis)honor(able)” in Julius Caesar, buttressed by findings I made in the concordance over at OpenSource Shakespeare. What prompted me to look up those particular words was not, as you might think, purely because I noticed each appearing so often in the play. No, not each. Rather both. Even in my first reading of the play, I noticed that there were more than a handful of times where the two words were used within the same speech.

What to make of that? Or as Kenan Thompson might sing it on Saturday Night Live, “What up with that?”

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