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Julius Caesar Intro Lecture
Transcript of Julius Caesar Intro Lecture
By the way...
Beloved military leader
Member of triumvirate
Rome's future king?
Who we are in public
Necessity of compromise
Use of rhetoric
So, now you know what
Let's grab a copy of the play
you need to know.
Longtime military general
Has known Caesar
a long time
Hates Caesar and doesn't respect him
A main conspirator against Caesar
Friend of both Caesar and Cassius
Like Cassius, fears Caesar might abuse power
Weighs friendship vs. what's right for Rome
Will join conspiracy against Caesar
Caesar's faithful friend/Right-hand man
Believes Caesar should be king
Later, Mark Antony will have a famous
affair with Cleopatra, the last
pharaoh of Ancient Egypt
Fate vs. Free will
is believed to be the first of Shakespeare's
at the Globe Theatre
Wife of Caesar
Has vivid dreams
Voice of concern
Wife of Brutus
Worried about her husband
An intense woman
Festival to avert evil spirits and purify the city
Designed to worship Lupa, the she-wolf who raised the two infant orphans Romulus and Remus, who eventually founded the city of Rome
During the feast, young men would run through Rome, swatting women with a scourge whip dipped in animal blood.
Believed to fix infertility.
Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, hasn't yet conceived a child, so she'll definitely be swatted.
Feast of Lupercal eventually evolved into
St. Valentine's Day
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Can be staged in Ancient Rome
can be altered to apply to
modern conflicts, such as...
an African nation facing a coup
The struggle for power amidst inmates in prison
or even a high school power grab to dethrone a Queen Bee
Good people are often driven to do bad things in their pursuit of wealth, fame, and/or power.
Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Explain your stance, being sure to write about a real situation/situations from your own life or things you've witnessed in our larger culture.
Your quickwrite needs to be at least two-thirds of a page.
Who we are in private
to sway others
Killed in battle
Caesar sees chance to gain full control; brings army to attack Pompey
Pompey runs away; later killed in Egypt
Elite Class vs. Commoners
Imperialism vs. Republic
Who will rule Rome?
This was England's problem, too
In 1599, when Shakespeare wrote this play, England was facing the same questions about how the country should be ruled.
Queen Elizabeth I was 66, aging and never married. She had no heirs. People were worried about the future of their country and arguing about monarchy vs. democracy.
Due to censorship, people weren't allowed to publicly debate such matters, but that didn't
stop Shakespeare from weighing in with his opinion.
Censor me? As if!
I'll just write a play about this mess, instead.
That'll show 'em!
and get started!
Their story is told in a different Shakespearean play,
Antony and Cleopatra