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Julius Caesar

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Julius Caesar in First FolioPage from First Folio, 1623
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Also called
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

First performance

First publication
1623 in the First Folio

Literature form


Writing language

Author's country

Five acts, 2,591 lines, approx. 19,000 words

Notable lines

First lines

Hence! home you idle creatures, get you home:
Is this a holiday?


Beware the ides of March.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

But when I tell him he hates flatterers,
He says he does, being then most flattered.

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.

Et tu, Brute

There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune"

Cry, 'Havoc!' and let slip the dogs of war.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.

This was the most unkindest cut of all

His life was gentle, and the elements
So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, 'This was a man!'

Last lines

So, call the field to rest; and let's away
To part the glories of this happy day.


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