Although Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar is named after the legendary Roman political leader, the central character is thought by many to be Marcus Brutus, Caesar's friend turned foe who struggles throughout the play with conflicting obligations of friendship and duty. While Caesar is warned in a prophecy to "beware the Ides of March" the Roman senators, including Brutus are secretly plotting his assassination, hoping to rid Rome of the threat of a tyrant who they believe plans to overthrow democracy and install a monarchy. The source of the famous lines "Et tu, Brute?" and "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears..." this tragic history play is based on the real events surrounding the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC.
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Alarum art thou ARTEMIDORUS bear blood brother Brutus and Cassius Caesar hath Caius Cassius CALPURNIA Capitol CAS SIUS CASCA Cato Cicero CINNA CLAUDIUS CLITUS countrymen crown dangerous DARDANIUS dead death Decius Brutus deed doth durst enemy Enter Brutus Enter Cassius Exeunt Exit Lucius eyes Farewell fear fire ﬂatterers FLAVIUS ﬂood ﬂy FOURTH CITIZEN GHOST give gods grief hand Hark hear heart honourable Ides of March Lepidus Ligarius live look lord Lucilius Marcus Brutus Mark Antony MARULLUS master Messala Metellus Cimber mighty night noble Brutus pardon Peace Philippi Pindarus poet Pompey's Popilius PORTIA Publius Re-enter Lucius Roman Rome SCENE SECOND CITIZEN Senators shout sick smile SOLDIER SOOTHSAYER speak spirit stand stay Strato streets sword ta'en tell tent thee thing THIRD CITIZEN thou art thou hast Titinius to-day traitors Trebonius unto VARRO vile Volumnius word wrong