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Julius CaesarHaving a good background and knowledge of the history of Rome is very helpful to understand Shakespeares play Julius Caesar The setting of this play took place hundreds of years ago so if one knows a little bit of Roman history it would help very much in understanding what is going on in the playIt is important to know about the connection or relationship that there once was between Caesar and Pompey When Crassus died Pompey and Caesar were left as twin rulers of Rome As one could imagine each wanted to be the only ruler so a struggle broke out between them Caesar defeated Pompey and his army in an important battle and went on later to defeat Pompeys two sons It is after that fifth and last triumph at the time they are celebrating when the play opens To understand the play even better one should be aware of Brutus one of the conspirators against Caesar ancestors the Tarquins Nearly five hundred years before Caesar was even born a cruel unscrupulous leading family had seized the riens of power and had set themselves up as kings From that point on the people of Rome hated kings and they bounded themselves together by a solemn oath never to tolerate a monarch and it was formally enacted into law that if any man wish that the monarchy should be restored he was to be declared a public enemy and be put to deathBrutus and the rest of the conspirators had killed Caesar but they made an error which was letting Mark Antony one of Caesars friends live Antony later united with Bepidus and Octavius to go against Brutus Cassius and the other conspirators At the battle of Philippi in Thrace Brutus and Cassius took their own lives when their army was destroyed Just as Caesar and Pompey had struggled for the world when Cassus died so now when Bepidus died Antony and Octavius were
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