Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Book - 2006
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Julius Caesar , by William Shakespeare , is part of the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare series. This unique series features newly edited texts prepared by leading scholars from America and Great Britain, in collaboration with one of the world's foremost Shakespeare authorities, David Scott Kastan of Columbia University. Together they have produced texts as faithful as possible to those that Shakespeare wrote.

Each volume in the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare includes:

New Scholarship - Premiere scholars introduce each play with contemporary scholarship. An essay on editing the text provides an in-depth look at the quartos and folios used in the edition. Contextualizing Essays - Essays on Shakespeare's England, language, and life, along with essays on performing Shakespeare and significant performances frame the play in both historical and theatrical context for readers. A look at the lasting influence of the play on music, art, film, and dance creates an interdisciplinary framework with which to approach the play. Better Notes - Through one-word margin definitions, facing-page glosses, and longer end notes after the play, our innovative approach to notes pulls readers away from the text fewer times while providing them with more information and comprehensive analysis. Further Reading - An annotated bibliography of titles, hand-selected by the introduction author, takes readers beyond the edition for further reading. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar dramatizes the most controversial event in ancient history--the assassination of Julius Caesar. The editor, Andrew Hadfield , puts the play in context, revealing what each of the characters would most likely have been perceived by Shakespeare's audience.
Publisher: New York, NY : Barnes & Noble Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9781411400405
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 21 cm.

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Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare cleverly highlights the irony of everyday politics that have always influenced democratic societies around the world. The author tells the story of Julius Caesar’s downfall in Rome, and how it affected the empire and Roman politics as a whole. The story surprisingly does not mainly follow Julius Caesar, but instead follows his political adversaries and allies and their role in shaping Rome and eventually killing Julius Caesar in hopes of creating a better future for the empire.
The novel proves itself to be relevant, no matter the political climate or situation at hand, and that is what makes the play so masterful. I would give Julius Caesar 5 out of 5 stars for its riveting plot, interesting characters, and political satire which will forever stay important in the world of classic theatrical study. The content should be appropriate for everyone 13 years old and older, as none of the violence is graphically described, however the language used in the story may be too confusing or complex for readers without a teacher or guide.

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Calvacade
Feb 06, 2018

Very helpful annotations that provide background without interpreting for you.

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TigerLily_16
Nov 10, 2015

I like this book! We had to read it for school, and the "No Fear" part made it much easier to read. If you want to start reading Shakespeare, I would suggest No Fear.

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pmg12
Apr 09, 2015

Julius Caesar is in my personal opinion Shakespeare's greatest work. Besides the fact that the play gave us timeless quotes that appear in our world today, but it also gave the readers an opportunity to see the power of change and keeping of past traditions. The two main characters envision a Rome which they believe to be perfect. Unfortunately for them, they are too blind to see that their perfect republic can no longer exist, leading to a tragic death and civil war. The themes in this book are many. The story itself fascinates readers even today. If you don't like Shakespeare, I implore you to read just this one play of his. The story is too important for you to miss out on.

Kdmullerspy Aug 22, 2013

Very Interesting read. I loved the characters

Veepea Jan 04, 2012

I like the No Fear Shakespeare series, if not for them I doubt I would be reading Shakespeare at all. Julius Caesar is a great play and as near to history as is possible. This is my favourite Shakespearian play by far, though I still have many to read. You really sympathize with the characters and it helps you to understand why they acted the way they did.

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pmg12 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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