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Julius Caesar 

Julius Caesar

A Broadview Internet Shakespeare Edition

Written by: William Shakespeare
Edited by: John D. Cox

Series: Broadview Editions

Publication Date: October 26, 2012
280pp • Paperback / PDF / ePub
ISBN: 9781554810505 / 1554810507

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Julius Caesar is a key link between Shakespeare's histories and his tragedies. Unlike the Caesar drawn by Plutarch in a source text, Shakespeare's Caesar is surprisingly modern: vulnerable and imperfect, a powerful man who does not always know himself. The open-ended structure of the play insists that revealing events will continue after the play ends, making the significance of the history we have just witnessed impossible to determine in the play itself.

John D. Cox's introduction discusses issues of genre, characterization, and rhetoric, while also providing a detailed history of criticism of the play. Appendices provide excerpts from important related works by Lucretius, Plutarch, and Montaigne.

A collaboration between Broadview Press and the Internet Shakespeare Editions project at the University of Victoria, the editions developed for this series have been comprehensively annotated and draw on the authoritative texts newly edited for the ISE. This innovative series allows readers to access extensive and reliable online resources linked to the print edition.


"John Cox's edition of Julius Caesar is very user-friendly--it has copious and concise explanatory notes, generous selections from Shakespeare's sources, and a critical introduction that does a remarkable job of highlighting the main lines of interpreting the play over the centuries." - Paul A. Cantor, Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English, University of Virginia

John D. Cox is DuMez Professor of English at Hope College, Holland, Michigan, and has published widely on Shakespeare's plays and other Renaissance drama.

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Shakespeare's Life

Shakespeare's Theater

William Shakespeare and Julius Caesar: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Texts

Characters in the Play

Julius Caesar

Appendix A: Plutarch's Lives

  1. from Life of Caesar
  2. from Life of Brutus
  3. from Life of Marcus Antonius

Appendix B: Montaigne on Stoicism and Epicurenism

Works Cited

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Julius Caesar

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Broadview Press acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund, and also acknowledges the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Freehand Books, an imprint of Broadview, acknowledges the support of the Canadian Council of the Arts.