POWER People today read stories just for fun, not many people read the stories and ask themselves, “Who has the most power?” In the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, there are two kinds of power that are represented. First being major, and second, minor. There are many characters in the play that either have major influence in the outcome of the events, minor influence, or just no influence at all. There are many different powers in this story that affect the outcome of the events in the play Julius Caesar. Shakespeare describes five major and eight minor. The five major powers are held by Caesar, Brutus, Casca, Antony, and Cassius. Caesar holds the rawest power of the five. The play begins with his defeating the Sons of Pompey which represents his strong military power. Because of his achievements, some people, like Brutus and Cassius, start to fear that Caesar may be ambitious and wants to become king. Brutus comments about Caesar: “I do fear the people choose Caesar for their king” (1.2.79). Brutus has the strongest willpower of the five. He does all he can to save his country from ruin, which leads to his acting in a way that vastly affects the story. During the play, he makes three mistakes that show he has power over Cassius but also leads to his downfall. First he lets Antony live when Cassius suggests killing him. Second, Brutus lets Antony speak at Caesar’s funeral despite Cassius’ opposition. Third, he attacks with his troops too early against Cassius’ wishes. After he kills himself, Mark Antony describes him by saying, “This was the noblest Roman of them all” (5.5.67). Casca is another conspirator against Caesar. He executes power in sudden and harsh actions such as being the first to strike Caesar with a dagger. He is the one that would like to kill everybody that stands in his way. This is what Casca tells Caesar before he stabs him, “Speak, hands, for me!” (3.1.174). This quote shows that Casca is a man of action. The fourth character in the story that has major power in the play is Antony. He is Caesar’s friend and the only person that stands by Caesar in times of crisis. He is a powerful speaker and a good thinker. He gives a speech at Caesar’s funeral which turns the tides. Citizens in the play also desire to hear what Antony has to say, “Peace, let us hear what Antony has to say!” (3.2.62). He moves the entire city of Rome against the conspirators that day, which creates a turning point in the play. The last character that holds major power in the play is Cassius. He is one of the first ones who wants to assassinate Caesar. Even though he is Caesar’s friend, he is willing to do anything for Rome. Caesar has suspicions about him from the beginning of the play: “Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look” (1.2.194). These five people hold the most power in the play and are the causes of the main events throughout the play. Shakespeare designates eight characters with minor powers within the story. The eight characters are Octavius, Lepidus, Decius, Cicero, Calpurnia, Portia, Pendarus, and the citizens. Octavius does not have any influence in the play until Act IV. He is one of the triumvirs along with Antony and Lepidus. He is mostly described as a military leader. When he argues with people, he always overpowers them and wins the debate. An example is when Antony and Octavius argue which side they will lead in the attack; “Upon the right hand I. Keep thou the left” (5.1.18). Lepidus is also described as a character with minor power. In reality he
mathemeticians and scientists.
Her originally ruled jointly with her father, Ptolemy XII Auletes, and later with her brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV, whom she married. During that time it was customary . However she soon dropped his name from any official documents regardless of the Ptolemaic insistence that the male presence be first among co-rulers. At that time, Ptolemy soon had Cleopatra exiled, leaving him in charge…
senate in 27 B.C., when it confirmed his powers to rule.” Augustus lost his father at the young age of eight years old and when he was 12 it is reported that he gave the funeral oration in honor of the his grandmother, Julia, who had then passed as well. By the time he was 16 he was awarded military decoration and it was clear that this young man was destined to be powerful leader in Rome. “He first gained power with Antony and Lepidus at Julius Caesar’s death in 44 b.c. He gained sole control at…
Julius Caesar – General, Dictator (100 B.C.E – 44 B.C.E) 1
Quick Facts 1
Caesers Leadership 2
Power & Respect 2
Strength & Weaknesses 2
Caesars impact then & now 3
In Conclusion 3
Julius Caesar – General, Dictator (100 B.C.E – 44 B.C.E)
Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar turned the Roman Republic into the powerful Roman Empire. A rebellion ended his reign, and his life, on the Ides of March.
Birthdate: July 12, 100 B.C
Death: March 14, 44 B.C
between Caesar, Pompey and the senate? What was Cicero’s position?
o The tribunes were advocating for compromise with Caesar by offering him legal protection and military power.
o Cicero was supporting the senate and Pompey and was in Rome stirring up trouble for the first Triumvirate by speaking out of ending Caesar’s Gallic command to prosecute him for his injustices…
Caesar was elected Consul. He was known for his ability to give stirring speeches and for his sheer military genius. Julius Caesar was famous among his soldiers for leading them from the front instead shouting orders from the rear.1 However, the more power Caesar took for himself, the more wary other Romans became of him. Some became concerned that he was getting ahead of himself. Caesar was the first living Roman whose face appeared on coinage, an honor that had always been reserved for the Gods.2 Rome…
the emperor Augustus. He had an elder brother whose name was also Lucius Vippsanius Agrippa and had a sister named Vipsania Polla.
“Marcus was responsible for the bloody victory over enemy Mark Antony at the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C. During Augustus‘s reign he suppressed rebellions, founded colonies, and administered various parts of the Roman Empire. Of modest birth but not a modest man, Agrippa was disliked by the Roman aristocracy. In his own interest he scrupulously maintained a subordinate…
Suleiman I of the Ottoman Empire
Reign: November 6, 1494 – September 7, 1566
Suleiman I, also known as Suleiman the Magnificent, reigned as Sultan of the Ottoman Empire for 69 years, longer than any other Sultan. His reign marked the beginning of the golden age of the Ottoman Empire. During his rule, the Ottoman Empire encompassed most of the Middle East, Southeastern Europe and Rhodes. Suleiman also made educational, legislative, taxation and criminal reforms. Suleiman the Magnificent has been…
7. ____________ and ___________ _________ were brothers who wanted to distribute land to the poor. They were assassinated for their efforts.
8. ___________ took control of Rome around the year 82 BCE. He conducted a “Reign of Terror” before restoring power back to the Roman Senate.
9. A political coalition known as the ___________ _____________ took control of Rome following Sulla’s Rebellion. The members of this coalition were ______________, ________________, and _____________…
an excellent general that commanded an army of over 50,000 men. Others thought that all he cared about was his own power and that is what pushed him forward, not the countries well-being. Then in 49 BC Caesar was told to hand his army over to the senate. Instead he refused and crossed the Rubicon. At that time in Rome it was a law that a governor could not leave his province. Caesar’s army was dominant and had a lot of skill. In 44 BC, Caesar was murdered by Servilius Casca and then the other senators…
successfully happened and achieved, however; Caesar’s “best-friend” Antony was enraged. The conspiracy saw Caesar as a tyrant whom wanted to take over the city, dictatorship. To overturn the conspiracy, Antony used his emotions and rhetorical devices to persuade the audience to withdraw the support against Brutus and the others speech they had given to gain the audiences’ support. His skilled abilities: planning and vengeful manipulator was shown during the speech.
To gain the audience’s attention…