Julius Caesar, Act Three: 23 Stabbings and a Funeral

Act Three of Julius Caesar begins with Caesar’s arrival at the Capitol, mocking the soothsayer who had told him to beware the Ides of March. The soothsayer can only say that while the day has come, it hasn’t passed yet. Artemedorus is there, too, trying to get Caesar to read his letter revealing the conspiracy. Meanwhile, others have petitions for him to read, and when Artemedorus says that his “touches Caesar nearer” (III.i.7), Caesar responds that any such letter will be “last served” (III.i.8).

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Julius Caesar, Act Two: Tense and Nervous

Act Two of Julius Caesar begins with the first scene of the play that isn’t set on a Roman street. We’re taken to home of Brutus. It’s the middle of the night, and Brutus cannot sleep. He calls for his servant boy Lucius to bring him a candle, then muses to himself,

It must be by his death. And for my part
I know no personal cause to spurn at him,
But for the general.
  • II.i.10-2

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Julius Caesar: A lean and hungry Act One

Julius Caesar begins, fittingly enough, on a Roman street, with two tribunes, Flavius and Murellus, and some “certain Commoners (entering) over the stage” (I.i.1, stage direction). If that makes it sound somewhat chaotic–this idea of an “over” entrance–Flavius’ first words support this:

Hence! Home, you idle creatures, get you home!
Is this a holiday?
  • I.i.1-2

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A New Month: A New Play: Julius Caesar

November 1… a new month. Time for a new play.

And, thus we begin Julius Caesar!


[Julius Caesar at the Globe, Mark Antony’s oration (illustration for: Shakespeare’s Theatre, 1964)
Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection (Hodges, C. Walter (Cyril Walter), 1909-2004, artist)]