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Shakespeare Shakespeares Julius Caesar vrs The Historical Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar was born in 100 BC and assassinated 56 years later In that time he was captured by and slew the offending pirates became questor ponifex maximus propretor a member of the First Triumvirate Consul and diatator He defeated the Helvetii invaded Britain and fought the Gauls He crossed the river Rubicon and started the 49 BC Civil War A year later he defeated the great Pompey at the battle of Pharsalus He also reformed the calendar Why then was he hated by his own people Why was he cruelly assassinated so shortly after his crowning How does the historical man compare and contrast to Shakespeares version All of these questions will be answered here When we first begin Julius Caesar the man himself is entering Rome returning from battle He has defeated Pompey and the crowd is joyful However not all citizens are happy Already there is conspiracy in the air Marullus and Flavius chide the commoners for did they not recently cheer for Pompey in the manner that they now cheer Caesar Marullus angrily yells O you hard hearts you cruel men of Rome Knew you not Pompey Many a time and oft Have you climbd up to walls and battlements To towers and windows yea to chimney-tops Your infants in your arms and there have sat the livelong day with patient expectation To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome And do you now strew flowers in his way That comes in triumph over Pompeys blood Be gone I i Pompeys defeat is crucial to Caesars rise to power Many men volunteered to fight unpaid under the general Caesar There was not a single deserter during the Civil War The commanding Julius halted the few episodes of insubordination He was a firm yet fair leader His troops were never addressed as My soldiers but as Comrades His attitude differed greatly from
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