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William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar , or just Julius Caesar , is believed to have been written in and is one of Shakespeare's works based on true historical events. Though Caesar is the title character, his role is not as large as that of Marcus Brutus, the conspirator who takes Caesar's life. The play begins as Caesar triumphantly returns from a battle in the battle of Munda. As he parades throughout Rome he encounters a psychic who tells him to "beware the ides of March. He disregards the message however, and Marcus Brutus and another conspirator, Cassius, discuss killing Caesar and stopping his path to ascension without the Roman kingdom. As act three develops, Caesar does not have concern for his wellbeing, despite the warnings for his safety that have been relayed to him. A ruse amongst several men has been devised; they tell they need his review of an important petition within which one brother pleads for lenience on behalf of his banished brother.
It is one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history , which also include Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra. Set in Rome in 44 BC, the play depicts the moral dilemma of Brutus as he joins a conspiracy led by Cassius to murder Julius Caesar to prevent him from becoming dictator of Rome. Following Caesar's death, Rome is thrust into a period of civil war, and the republic the conspirators sought to preserve is lost forever. Although the play is named Julius Caesar , Brutus speaks more than four times as many lines as the title character; and the central psychological drama of the play focuses on Brutus' struggle between the conflicting demands of honour , patriotism , and friendship. The play opens with two tribunes discovering the commoners of Rome celebrating Julius Caesar 's triumphant return from defeating the sons of his military rival, Pompey.
It, too, is a history play in a sense, dealing with a non-Christian civilization existing 16 centuries before Shakespeare wrote his plays. Roman history opened up for Shakespeare a world in which divine purpose could not be easily ascertained. The characters of Julius Caesar variously interpret the great event of the assassination of Caesar as one in which the gods are angry or disinterested or capricious or simply not there. Human history in Julius Caesar seems to follow a pattern of rise and fall, in a way that is cyclical rather than divinely purposeful. Caesar enjoys his days of triumph, until he is cut down by the conspirators; Brutus and Cassius succeed to power, but not for long. He and Cassius meet their destiny at the Battle of Philippi.