Act I, scene i Summary: Act I, scene i Two tribunes, Flavius and Murellus, enter a Roman street, along with various commoners. Flavius and Murellus derisively order the commoners to return home and get back to work:
Gaius MariusCaesar's uncle Caesar was born into a patrician family, the gens Juliawhich claimed descent from Iulusson of the legendary Trojan prince Aeneassupposedly the son of the goddess Venus.
Despite their ancient pedigree, the Julii Caesares were not especially politically influential, although they had enjoyed some revival of their political fortunes in the early 1st century BC. Little is recorded of Caesar's childhood.
His coming of age coincided with a civil war between his uncle Gaius Marius and his rival Lucius Cornelius Sulla. Both sides carried out bloody purges of their political opponents whenever they were in the ascendancy.
Marius and his ally Lucius Cornelius Cinna were in control of the city when Caesar was nominated as the new Flamen Dialis high priest of Jupiter and he was married to Cinna's daughter Cornelia.
He was stripped of his inheritance, his wife's dowry, and his priesthood, but he refused to divorce Cornelia and was forced to go into hiding. Sulla gave in reluctantly and is said to have declared that he saw many a Marius in Caesar.
He served with distinction, winning the Civic Crown for his part in the Siege of Mytilene. He went on a mission to Bithynia to secure the assistance of King Nicomedes 's fleet, but he spent so long at Nicomedes' court that rumours arose of an affair with the king, which Caesar vehemently denied for the rest of his life.
He lacked means since his inheritance was confiscated, but he acquired a modest house in Suburaa lower-class neighbourhood of Rome. Dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla stripped Caesar of the priesthood On the way across the Aegean Sea Caesar was kidnapped by pirates and held prisoner. The pirates demanded a ransom of 20 talents of silver, but he insisted that they ask for He had them crucified on his own authority, as he had promised while in captivity  —a promise that the pirates had taken as a joke.
As a sign of leniency, he first had their throats cut. He was soon called back into military action in Asia, raising a band of auxiliaries to repel an incursion from the east.
He was elected quaestor for 69 BC,  and during that year he delivered the funeral oration for his aunt Juliaand included images of her husband Marius in the funeral procession, unseen since the days of Sulla.
His wife Cornelia also died that year. On his return in 67 BC,  he married Pompeiaa granddaughter of Sulla, whom he later divorced in 61 BC after her embroilment in the Bona Dea scandal. He ran against two powerful senators.
Accusations of bribery were made by all sides. Caesar won comfortably, despite his opponents' greater experience and standing. He turned to Marcus Licinius Crassusone of Rome's richest men. Crassus paid some of Caesar's debts and acted as guarantor for others, in return for political support in his opposition to the interests of Pompey.
Even so, to avoid becoming a private citizen and thus open to prosecution for his debts, Caesar left for his province before his praetorship had ended. In Spain, he conquered two local tribes and was hailed as imperator by his troops; he reformed the law regarding debts, and completed his governorship in high esteem.
In the Roman Republic, this was an honorary title assumed by certain military commanders. After an especially great victory, army troops in the field would proclaim their commander imperator, an acclamation necessary for a general to apply to the Senate for a triumph.
However, he also wanted to stand for consul, the most senior magistracy in the republic. If he were to celebrate a triumph, he would have to remain a soldier and stay outside the city until the ceremony, but to stand for election he would need to lay down his command and enter Rome as a private citizen.
He could not do both in the time available. He asked the senate for permission to stand in absentia, but Cato blocked the proposal.
Faced with the choice between a triumph and the consulship, Caesar chose the consulship.
The election was sordid — even Catowith his reputation for incorruptibility, is said to have resorted to bribery in favour of one of Caesar's opponents.The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. print/save view: Previous scene: Play menu: Next scene Act II, Scene 1.
Rome. BRUTUS’s orchard. Enter BRUTUS Brutus. What, Lucius, ho! I cannot, by the progress of the stars, Give guess how near to day. Lucius, I say! I would it were my fault to sleep so soundly.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a dramatized account of the betrayal of the the Roman Emperor. Source: White, R.G. ed. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. New York: Sully and Kleinteich. Act 1, Scene 1 Flavius and Murellus downplay the accomplishments of Julius Caesar as they scold the local commoners.
Plot summary of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: The tribunes, Marullus and Flavius, break up a gathering of Roman citizens who seek to celebrate Julius Caesar's triumphant return from war.
The victory is marked by public games in which Caesar's friend, Mark Antony, takes part.
On his way to the arena Caesar is stopped by a stranger who warns that he should 'Beware the Ides (15th) of March.'. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a history play and tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in It is one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history, which .
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar () Scenes (18 total) Complete Text Act I. Scene 1. Rome. A street. Scene 2. A public place. Scene 3. The same. A street.
Act II. Scene 1. Rome. BRUTUS’s orchard. Scene 2. CAESAR’s house. Scene 3. A street near the Capitol. Scene 4. Another part of the same street, before the house of BRUTUS. Topics Tragedy, history, Rome, play, drama, theater, Librivox, audiobook, literature LibriVox recording of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare.
William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, based on true events, concerns the conspiracy against Julius Caesar, his assassination in 44 BC, and its immediate aftermath.