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"Julius Caesar" (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , David Daniell
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25 Jun 1998 1903436214 978-1903436219 New Ed
This edition of one of Shakespeare's best known and most frequently performed plays argues for Julius Caesar as a new kind of political play, a radical departure from contemporary practice, combining fast action and immediacy with compelling rhetorical language, and finding a clear context for its study of tyranny in the last decade of the reign of Elizabeth 1. The richly experimental verse and the complex structure of the play are analysed in depth, and a strong case is made for this to be the first play to be performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.'Daniell's edition is a hefty piece of serious scholarship that makes a genuine contribution.'Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey'This is a stimulating new look at a play which is too often exhibited in a critical museum.' Paul Dean, English Studies

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arden Shakespeare; New Ed edition (25 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903436214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903436219
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of Shakespeare's most political plays, Julius Caesar continued Shakespeare's interest in Roman history, first developed in Titus Andronicus. Drawing on Plutarch, the great historian of Rome, Shakespeare dramatises one of the most crucial moments in Roman history--the assassination of Julius Caesar. Loved by the Roman crowd but increasingly feared by the Senators, Caesar increasingly shows signs of his desire to abolish the Republic and crown himself emperor. A conspiracy is hatched, led by Cassius and Brutus, who murder Caesar on the steps of the Capitol. Mourning over his dead friend's body, Mark Antony gives one of the famous rhetorical speeches in literature, asking "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" to lament Caesar's death, privately vowing to "let slip the dogs of war" against those who have shed Caesar's blood. Antony joins forces with Caesar's son Octavius to defeat Cassius and Brutus in battle, and establish an uneasy alliance whose collapse is dramatised in Shakespeare's later play Antony and Cleopatra. Written at the end of Queen Elizabeth's reign, Julius Caesar has been seen by many as a radically pro-Republican play which sailed close to the political wind of the time. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


"Daniell's edition is a hefty piece of serious scholarship that makes a genuine contribution."--Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, "Shakespeare Survey" "This is a stimulating new look at a play which is too often exhibited in a critical museum."--Paul Dean, "Review of English Studies"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Arden's Julius Caesar 13 Jun 2010
Excellent introduction and notes plus relevant extracts from Plutarch's Lives and descriptions of the characters make this so much more than a copy of the text - a veritable study guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 Sep 2009
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A wonderful introduction covering the many aspects of how and why Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has been staged through time; insight into Shakespeare's motives in writing the play set in context of the Elizabethan court and much more. The play itself is clearly set out with footnotes and further information at the back of the book. For study or purely personal interest it is well worth paying a bit extra for this publication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 31 July 2006
Ok, so you wouldn't exactly pass a history exam if you based your knowledge of Julius Caesar only on Shakespeare's play - he manipulates historical material and sources, so sometimes it seems as if days pass rather than years between the various historical events of the play; however, this is all done to achieve a brilliant dramatic effect, with countless paradoxes, ironies, juxtapositions, and contrasts. Shakespeare is the master of language in this play, from the arrogant, larger-than-life Caesar and the blood-drenched metaphors of murder to the emotional rhetoric of Mark Antony. And if you're worried about the dates, don't fear, the Arden Shakespeare contains a brilliant introduction which includes a discussion of how Shakespeare condensed historical material available to him and what the Renaissance view of Caesar was. The annotations are very helpful and plentiful, even if you're just starting Shakespare this would be the ideal play for an introduction to his language and dramatic techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars School resource 16 Oct 2013
By Moira
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Just what my son also needed for his English lesson, what a good book. I have recommended it to my friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Julius Caesar 14 Oct 2013
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Library copy with a cover on. No markings except at the top of one page which we trimmed out. Arrived fairly quickly, great price. Absolutely no complaints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LIKED IT 1 Mar 2013
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it ! 15 Feb 2013
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the book was very help full it gives you a full break down of what happenes in the play, this book is good if your at drama school or on a drama course !
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 19 Oct 2012
By AndyL
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I'm reading this to my kids who are in the first and third year of secondary school. I love it, I love the rich language, the plots and everything about it.
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Of all Shakespeare's plays, Julius Caesar is the most modern. You do not need to update it in order to set it in modern times. Read more
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Published on 15 Nov 2011 by RR Waller
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Gaius Julius Csar is the Caesar we think of when we hear the word "Caesar" -- he conquered Gaul, bedded Cleopatra, and died a pretty dramatic death. Read more
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