The great conspiracy against Julius Caesar - Kathryn Tempest
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Non-textual sources can also help us understand Marcus Brutus better. Coins in particular enable us to see how Brutus presented his political agenda at the time. You can look at some of Brutus’ coins here. What lasting messages did these coins leave with the imagery inscribed upon them?
Shakespeare was intensely inspired by the Classical past and many of his plays were based on stories from ancient Greece and Rome. Julius Caesar is one of three plays set in ancient Rome (the other two are Antony and Cleopatra and Corialanus). Today they are conveniently referred to as the ‘Roman plays’. You can read a synopsis of his Julius Caesar and much more fascinating information here. It may seem daunting to read a Shakespearean play from cover to cover, but it is highly recommended. Don’t want to try that? Check out No Fear Shakespeare and find a more friendly ‘modern English’ version.
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