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Based on Plutarch's account of the lives of Brutus, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony, in this drama Shakespeare outlines the plot of Brutus and Cassius to overthrow Caesar. Civil war follows, and the conspirators tragically end their lives. Questions regarding authority are steady undercurrents the whole time. It is traditionally one of the first Shakespeare plays to be studied at the high school level. This is not just an assassination plot, with a gory scene of blood, but also an excellent example of a true tragedy, with deep questions for the serious student to think about: the common good, whether it is lawful to revolt – even for a seemingly good cause. This mini-course goes beautifully with Pope Leo XIII’s Immortale Dei , the Garcia Moreno biography, or A Heart for Europe.
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