Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare

Author: William Shakespeare

Two tribunes, Flavius and Murellus, find scores of Roman citizens wandering the streets, neglecting their work in order to watch Julius Caesar’s triumphal parade: Caesar has defeated the sons of the deceased Roman general Pompey, his archrival, in battle. The tribunes scold the citizens for abandoning their duties and remove decorations from Caesar’s statues. Caesar enters with his entourage, including the military and political figures Brutus, Cassius, and Antony. A Soothsayer calls out to Caesar to “beware the Ides of March,” but Caesar ignores him and proceeds with his victory celebration.

About the author

William Shakespeare was a phenomenal English poet, playwright, and dramatist. William was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King's New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men. Here many of Shakespeare's plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time. He also wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.

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